Kyle Walker has claimed that Gareth Bale was harshly treated at Real Madrid after coming in for criticism from the Los Blancos fans.
Walker shared the Tottenham Hotspur dressing room with the Welshman for two seasons prior to his €100million (£86million) move to the Spanish capital in 2013 (Daily Mail).
The former Spurs right-back watched Bale come to prominence under Harry Redknapp in what Walker described as a purple patch of form like he had never seen before.
Bale marked his return to North London this summer when he joined on a season long loan deal, seven years after leaving the club and is yet to feature due to a knee injury he picked up on international duty prior to the deal being completed.
Just like Bale, Walker also ended up departing White Hart Lane when he moved to Manchester City for a £53million fee, which at the time was a world record amount for a defender (Guardian).
“I think he has got criticism when he probably doesn’t deserve it,” Walker told the ITV Football Podcast when asked about Bale’s treatment in Spain
“What he has gone on to achieve at Real Madrid speaks volumes as him as a person and as a player.
“The couple of seasons I got to have with him at Tottenham, it was just a purple patch. I have never seen anything like it. He hit the ball from anywhere and it was in the back of the net. The game-winners that he scored.”
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