Gareth Bale reveals the reason why he rarely spoke Spanish during time at Real Madrid
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Gareth Bale has revealed why he very rarely spoke Spanish during his time at Real Madrid.
Bale signed for Real in a then-world record £85.1 million move from Spurs in 2013 and spent nine seasons at Los Blancos, scoring 106 goals and winning five Champions Leagues, three La Liga titles, three UEFA Super Cups and three FIFA Club World Cups.
He scored in two different Champions League final triumphs, as well as the winner in the Copa Del Rey final and has been placed in the legends section on the club's website.
However, Bale's relationship with the fans soured as time went on and addition to being booed by his own supporters, he was also subjected to plenty of negative coverage from the media in Spain, even being branded a "parasite" by one journalist - which led to a ferocious response from the Welshman.
And in a new interview with The Times, Bale has shed light on just why he elected against speaking the language when he was a Real player, explaining that he wanted an easy life in Madrid.
“I could speak Spanish but I wouldn’t want to because I just wanted to keep everything private and quiet and not have this big fuss around me," he admitted.
“Maybe that’s why they attacked me because I never really give a lot. They probably just didn’t understand me as a person.”
Bale did get a standing ovation in Real's 2022 Champions League parade in a nice farewell, but he won't forget the loneliness he experienced when he was jeered by 80,000 fans as he came on against Real Sociedad and even said he "just wanted to play my football and then disappear back into the darkness.”
The two-time PFA Player of the Year added: “I wanted to play for Madrid, for the pristine white shirt, and there were some incredible moments.
“But also there were some hard times when you feel very lonely when everybody gets on your back and you’re getting whistled and booed, especially the first time.”