Gareth Bale’s former Tottenham team-mate Dimitar Berbatov believes he’s unappreciated at Real Madrid and suggested it’s time for him to leave.
The 29-year-old winger has endured a mixed spell at Real ever since completing a then-world record transfer of €100m from Spurs in 2013.
Despite a promising first season in the Spanish capital, Bale has been frequently struggling to deal with fitness and injury problems which have left him sidelined for long periods.
And things appear to be falling short of expectations yet again at Real in what has been another injury-hit campaign this term with the likes of former Los Blancos boss Jorge Valdano recently slamming him.
But Berbatov thinks Bale has been unfairly targetted for everything that goes wrong at the Santiago Bernabeu and suggested that it may, therefore, be time for the Welsh star to leave.
“Bale seems to get the blame for everything that goes wrong at Real Madrid, which is unfair,” Berbatov told Betfair.
“If you look at his stats – 12 goals in 30 appearances this season – he is still performing, but he is the whipping boy for some reason. And, as a player, if you don’t feel appreciated, then you have to move on.”
Bale has been frequently linked with a return to the Premier League over the past year with both Manchester United and Spurs being touted as potential destinations.
Berbatov added: “Where would he go?
“It’s a question of money first of course – I’m not sure Spurs can afford over £100m on a player – but Bale is a world-class talent who could play for anyone and it would be great to see him back.”