Eli Guttman, Israel coach, claims that Gareth Bale’s dip in form at Real Madrid is due to the winger wanting to save himself for Wales’ upcoming Euro 2016 qualifier in March.
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Wales take on Israel on March 28, and ahead of the clash Guttman told BBC Sport, “I feel that Bale is saving himself for the national team,” he said.
“The level of the miles he does and the level of his commitment to the national team is nothing like how he plays for Real Madrid.
The 57-year-old added: “When they had a player injured [George Williams] Bale was the first to tweet ‘get well soon’.
This term the 25-year-old has 14 goals and six assists to his name – yet he has failed to score or set up a Real team-mate in his last eight games, which has led to fans showing their anger to the performances of last season’s £85.3m galactico signing.
Most recently, the Spanish giants were booed off by their own supporters following the Champions League second-leg last 16 defeat to Schalke – with fans waving white handkerchiefs towards the team – a symbol of fury for a poor performance.