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Bale opens up on the ‘Wales, Golf, Madrid’ flag celebration

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Gareth Bale has opened up on his controversial ‘Wales, Golf, Madrid’ banner that upset a lot of Real Madrid fans sometime last year.

Gareth Bale upset a lot of Real Madrid fans after his controversial banner last year.

Back in November, the Welshman secured qualification with his national side for the EURO 2020 tournament, which was recently postponed.

Bale was barely playing for Real Madrid at the time and was on a poor run of form.

He infuriated the Los Blancos faithful more when he was seen celebrating with a controversial banner with the captions ‘Wales, Golf, Madrid. In that order’

Bale got a lot of stick for that and even saw speculation linking him with an exit from Real Madrid after that incident.

The 30-year-old has now opened up on that banner, saying there was nothing serious to it and it was only banter.

“We were just joking around,” Bale said on the Hat-Trick podcast presented by the ICC (International Champions Cup) as quoted by the Evening Standard.

“A few of them were saying ‘if we do qualify, let’s try to find it and bring it out. I was like, ‘do what you want but I won’t be going to get it’. They found it and brought it down.

“We were all celebrating as a team and I’m not not going to not jump around with my team-mates. It was a bit of banter, a bit of fun.”

Bale also opened up on a potential move to the MLS, saying he is a fan of the league.

“I really like the league, it’s grown so much over the years. The standard’s getting a lot better, clubs are improving, facilities and stadiums are improving. A lot more players want to come to America now. I would definitely be interested in it.”