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Bale: “When the fans whistle you, you lose confidence”

The Welshman explained his relationship with Real Madrid’s fans in the second part of his appearance on the Erik Anders Lang Show.

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Gareth Bale has been facing a somewhat hostile environment every time he’s played in front of Real Madrid’s fans for the last two seasons. There has been a lot of controversy around his figure and Bale revealed what goes through his mind when his home fans whistle him.

“The whistles make you feel worse, you lose your confidence. When you miss a chance to score and get whistled the goal becomes smaller for you. I’ve had 80,000 fans whistling me at the Bernabeu and you just wonder how can that happen. It’s not good. The first time I asked myself ‘what’s going on?” explained Bale.

The Welshman was then asked about why he thinks Real’s fans whistle him.

“That’s the million-dollar question. They whistle you, you feel worse, you start losing your confidence and then you play even worse, which leads to more whistles,” said the attacker.

Bale also talked about how immediate the world of football is, in the sense that people won’t remember what you did for the team if your form drops for some games.

“In football you might be playing very well but spend five games without scoring and then people will say that your form is terrible. If you know you’ve been playing well and people say you haven’t then it shouldn’t matter, your opinion is what counts. I don’t care about what they say,” concluded Bale.

The Welshman will surely have the opportunity to prove he belongs in the club as soon as La Liga restarts. If Bale doesn’t make an impact and show his commitment, Madrid will surely spend the next transfer window trying to find him a new club.