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Gareth Bale has said he's 'shocked' after being booed by Real Madrid fans following the 'Wales, Golf, Madrid' banner.
Bale has been booed heavily in his first two appearances at the Bernabeu since he paraded around with the flag.
And the Welshman has now spoken out about the first time he was booed when coming off the bench against Real Sociedad.
He told BT Sport per ESPN:
"I think the first time it happened, it was a bit of a shock."
:see_no_evil: Gareth Bale is welcomed into the game by whistles from all around the Bernabeu! pic.twitter.com/PSk82cBDQx
- Premier Sports :tv: (@PremierSportsTV) November 23, 2019
The former Spurs man went on to say he was unsure how to deal with the boos earlier in his career but nowadays he's much more wary.
"I didn't really know how to deal with it. But as I've got older, it's happened one or two times and you understand how to deal with it. Now I just shrug it off.
"Obviously I have to just keep working hard and keep proving to the fans what I can do. Eventually the whistles do stop and you get on with your career like normal."
Bale celebrated with the flag after Wales' 2-0 victory over Hungary two weeks ago sealed Ryan Giggs' Euro 2020 qualification.
WALES, GOLF, MADRID...in that order!! #WALHUN #TogetherStronger #Bale pic.twitter.com/GRJ5cps1Dp
- No Context Wales (@NoContextWelsh) November 19, 2019
The flag sparked huge fury in Spain among fans and media alike.
The 30-year-old was accused of showing no respect to his employers and disrespecting Zinedine Zidane's side.
It seems that he's taken it all in his stride over the last few weeks however.
Videos emerged earlier this week of him grinning while warming up.
Real Madrid fans are very vocal when it comes to their own players so it's ironic to see one who's ultimately not that bothered.
His manager also doesn't seem to be dwelling on the situation.
According to Spanish newspaper Marca, Zidane didn't personal action with Bale upon his return from international duty and is more focused with his performances in a Madrid shirt.
Madrid are currently second in La Liga and have a wealth of attacking talent at their disposal.
Eden Hazard looked to be settling in before his injury while young star Rodrygo announced himself on the world stage with a hat-trick against Galatasary.
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