Real Madrid players furious with Santiago Solari for playing Gareth Bale against Barcelona | Football | Sport

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Real Madrid boss Solari turned to Bale against Barcelona on Saturday, choosing the Wales international over Marco Asensio and Lucas Vazquez.

However, not for the first time this season, the forward flattered to deceive.

Gareth Bale toiled for Real Madrid against Barcelona, with the 29-year-old making way for Asensio with half an hour left to play – and a fellow card by his name.

And Spanish outlet Marca say Real players were outraged by Solari’s decision to throw Bale into the mix.

The Wales star had spent the last three games stuck on the bench, with Vazquez and Asensio playing in his place instead.

But Solari’s gamble backfired and the locker room supposedly feel Bale has failed to fire since Cristiano Ronaldo’s move away in the summer.

Marca say for now, though, Real are ready to give give Solari and the players time to turn the situation around.

They could yet win the Champions League for a stunning fourth time in a row.

Los Blancos face Ajax at the Bernabeu in the second leg, 2-1 up from the first.

But whether Bale, who was booed by the Bernabeu crowd against Barcelona, can turn his fortunes around remains to be seen.

Express Sport understands the forward could be in line for a stunning return to Tottenham come the end of the season.

Real are ready to use him as bait to land Christian Eriksen, who they have earmarked as their No 1 summer transfer target.

Manchester United have previously been keen to sign Bale, with interest dating back to the forward’s time at Southampton.

But the Red Devils would now rather sign younger players with potential. Bale, given his advancing years and injury record, would make little sense from a business perspective.

Meanwhile, former Los Blancos star Rafael Van der Vaart feels his old team-mate may be better suited elsewhere.

“I am a little surprised at what is happening at Real Madrid with Gareth Bale,” he said.

“He is a very good player, he is not Cristiano [Ronaldo] or [Lionel] Messi, he is not a regular, he always plays well and there is more pressure than at Tottenham.

“I think that’s a problem for him.

“Going to succeed in another place? It may be best but I think he wants to stay at Real Madrid and play more.

“But a team like United or a return to Tottenham could be better for him because people in England are different to those in Spain.”



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