Gareth Bale backed to succeed at Real Madrid by Wales boss

Wales manager Chris Coleman has backed Gareth Bale to be a success at Real Madrid despite recent pressure on him from supporters, reports the Sun.

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The forward has been getting boos from the crowd during recent matches, with some accusing him of being selfish. The recent form of the team has also not helped, with Los Blancos losing to Schalke 04 and Athletic Bilbao in recent weeks. Newspaper MARCA has also been critical towards Bale as part of the team.

“Gareth is the last person I worry about,” explained Coleman.

“People can say he’s had a bad season but he’s in their quarter-finals of the Champions League, still has a chance to win La Liga, 16 goals I think and goodness knows how many assists.

“Anywhere else than Real Madrid and he’s doing really well. And you add onto that he’s the most expensive player and signed by the president so there’s politics there but I honestly have no worries about Gareth.

“He’s got no points to prove from us. His fight in Madrid and what he has to prove every time he goes on the pitch there is separate to us.

“I’ve worked in Spain and I know how it works. And as much as they’re saying he hasn’t been caught up in it unfortunately he has been. He’s not daft, Gareth, and when you play for Madrid you entertain and win every time you go on the pitch.

“Winning and not playing well is not acceptable. They went through even though they lost against Schalke and they were booed off the pitch. If you play for Real Madrid the stakes are high, but Gareth’s a big boy and he’ll come through it.

“He got a couple of goals at the weekend and it’s the big one this weekend and he’ll be fine. And the manager he plays under is perfect for that situation. Carlo (Ancelotti) is cool, calm, full of confidence and is a perfect person for that situation.”

He added: “With us, he just has to keep doing what he’s doing. We all have points to prove when we go to work but I’d be on dangerous ground if I said to Gareth I need a bit more from you.”

Coleman will be in charge of the 25-year-old for a Euro 2016 qualifier against Israel at the end of the month. Wales need to win in order to guarantee that they will be in the top two of their group afterwards, though Belgium could overtake them on goal difference once they play their game in hand.

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