Loner Bale’s hardly Madrid’s Real deal

IT seemed to be the opportunity of a lifetime for Wales football international Gareth Bale: a big-money move from the Premiership to the heady heights of Spain’s capital city, famous for its late-night lifestyle and buzzing social scene.

But Bale has failed to pick up the lingo, and he prefers a game of golf than a slap-up meal with his Real Madrid team-mates.

The Welshman, signed from Tottenham for around €90m in 2013, usually heads to bed early, and keeper Thibaut Courtois, who joined the side from Chelsea last summer, suggests that Bale, 29, has yet to adapt to the Spanish lifestyle, after six years at the club.

In contrast, Courtois says: “I live like somebody who is born and bred in Madrid. I eat late, I go to bed late… it is their way of life.

“The other night, we had dinner with the entire squad. But Bale, and German midfielder Toni Kroos did not turn up. They reckoned the dinner was too late at night.

“We had arranged to be in the restaurant at 9.30pm and we started our meal around 10.15pm. By midnight, we were having coffee.”

The Frenchman said the squad went to bed at about 1am, and trained each morning, from11am. “That is a perfect time,” he said. “But Bale told us, ‘I am not coming to join you guys. I go to bed at 11.’”

Another team-mate, Marcelo, confirmed that the footballer from Cardiff did not speak Spanish. “He speaks only English, and we talk with gestures,” said the Brazilian.

This revelation comes after Bale’s negative treatment by the Spanish press, who have dubbed the Welsh winger “Mister Glass”, after his persistent injuries.


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