Former Sunderland coach Gus Poyet has defended Gareth Bale in the wake of criticism leveled against the Real Madrid midfielder.
The Welshman has faced massive criticism and wanted to leave the club in the summer after falling out with coach Zinedine Zidane. Madrid, however, pulled the plug on the move and the flying winger remained at the Spanish capital.
Poyet, also a former Spurs players has leaped to Bale’s defense stating that he doesn’t understand why the player is getting bashed despite being at the heart of Madrid’s success in the last few years.
“We talk about Bale. Some say he plays golf all the time. I say he scored in the Champions League final or the Copa del Rey final. What I mean is, some see him negatively and I see what he did for Madrid. It is the same Bale. How can you criticize Bale after what he did for this club? Unfortunately, we live in a very critical society. I was with Gareth when I went to Madrid to see them train. He seems happy in Madrid.
“I know the latest news was that he wanted to leave Madrid in the summer. I think that he was good enough to keep to himself when everyone, including [Madrid boss Zinedine] Zidane, was saying he would leave in a matter of hours. He kept to himself.
“He got ready, he started the season and showed everyone he is Gareth Bale. It is a family decision [not to go to China]. Many people criticized Oscar or Hulk for being in Shanghai SIPG, being young, but we are all different. We cannot make opinions about other people’s lives and family futures,” he stated.