You get knocked down, you get back up again. No, they're never going to keep you down. Chumbawamba's inspiring lyrics are words we should all live life by but it seems that Gareth Bale has 100% been kept down and hasn't reacted well to being dropped.
It seems like a long time ago since Gareth Bale moved to Real Madrid. At the time he really looked like one of the best players in the world and he has done at times at the Bernabeu too.
Unfortunately for Bale injuries and an inability to have the Madridistas fall in love with him, often because of a perceived battle for superiority in the Real ranks between him and Cristiano Ronaldo, have put a bit of a downer on his time in Spain.
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Last season Bale's injuries let Isco back into Zinedine Zidane's team and the Welshman struggled to get his place back and was on the bench for the Champions League final. After initially playing this season he has now fallen behind Lucas Vazquez and Marco Asensio in the pecking order.
So is the former Spurs man about to fight back to win his place back? Not according to a report in Marca, in fact the paper said say he's pretty much given up on life as a Real player, saying:
"It's as if he didn't care and, in fact, since losing his starting spot, Bale has disconnected completely.
"He has never not joined in with the group, but now he has separated from them much more. His best friend has been his mobile phone, in which he takes refuge almost obsessively to pass the time.
"Mobile, mobile and more mobile."
Bale has had some very good times at Real. Image: PA Images
The paper adds that a ' irreparable gap has opened between the player and coaching staff, teammates and supporters,' amidst rumours that the one time most expensive player in the world will be sold this summer.
Zidane is also apparently unhappy with the player's attitude as he's supposedly already 'thrown the towel in.'
Bale is still the club's second top scorer in the league this season with nine goals to Ronaldo's 22 but it's unlikely to be enough to keep him at the Bernabeu. It's all a very sad ending to his time there.
Real are likely to freshen up their attack this summer with some big signings after being so far off Barcelona this season.
Where will he end up?