Real Madrid’s Bale not bothered by ‘rubbish’ criticism – agent

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A VAR-awarded penalty in the first half and another penalty shrouded by controversy in the second half saw Real Madrid take all three points at Levante.

Gareth Bale has shrugged off criticism of his performance in Real Madrid’s win at Levante on Sunday, with his agent telling ESPN FC that “this rubbish does not bother him.”

Bale came on as a substitute with the score at 1-1 and converted the match-winning penalty, but he appeared to shun attempts by teammates to celebrate the goal.

That led to criticism, with AS accusing him of a “deplorable attitude” and TV station Cuatro airing footage in which the Wales international appeared to snub Madrid fitness coach Antonio Pintus during his warm-up before coming on.

But asked by ESPN FC whether Bale had been affected by the reaction, agent Jonathan Barnett said: “As always, Gareth is OK. This rubbish does not bother him.”

Marca recently reported that Bale had been upset by interviews given by teammates Marcelo and Thibaut Courtois in which it was revealed that he does not speak much Spanish in the dressing room and is nicknamed “the golfer” by teammates.

But Barnett stressed that the winger had “no problem” with any of his colleagues.

Former Tottenham star Bale has started only two of Madrid’s eight games since returning from injury absence, but coach Santi Solari said after Sunday’s game that he was pleased with his performance and had no issue with what followed his goal.

It remains possible that Bale will be suspended for Wednesday’s Copa del Rey Clasico against Barcelona at the Bernabeu, with a decision on whether his celebration against Atletico Madrid merited punishment.

He has been accused of making a possibly “obscene” gesture to Atletico fans after scoring the final goal in their 3-1 victory.

A Spanish Football Federation committee will make a decision on Wednesday and could impose a ban of one to three or four to 12 games, which could also see him sit out Saturday’s league game against Barca at the Bernabeu.

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