Rafael van der Vaart has urged his old team-mate Gareth Bale to be an “a***hole” in order to win the affection of the Real Madrid fans.
Los Blancos supporters have regularly ganged up on Bale following another lacklustre campaign at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Real’s record signing has struggled once more for form and fitness and it appears that the club supporters have lost patience with him altogether. Thus, Bale has often been on the receiving end of boos.
The Wales star’s agent, Jonathan Barnett, recently slammed the fans’ treatment of his client. Furthermore, he suggested they should be kissing his feet instead
But Van der Vaart, who played alongside Bale at Real between 2010 to 2012, has called on him to be more selfish.
“It’s strange, but in Holland, we say that sometimes you need to be an a***hole,’ Van der Vaart told the Evening Standard.
“You can also be a positive a***hole. He’s worth €100m — they paid a lot of money and he has to do it. In his last year at Spurs, he took every free-kick, he decided everything.
“That’s what he has to do [at Real]. I realise it’s difficult, because you have so many good players, but he should do it more.
“Gareth is an amazing player but he’s a person that has to feel the confidence,
“He has to feel he is welcome. But I know Real is a difficult club if you don’t perform. It doesn’t matter if you’re [Cristiano] Ronaldo, Bale or Van der Vaart — they’ll throw you out after just one year. ”
Van der Vaart managed 28 goals and 18 assists in 77 games for Spurs before returning to Hamburg in 2012.
The ex-Holland international also had spells with Ajax, Real Madrid, Real Betis, FC Midtjylland and Esbjerg fB before retiring in November 2018 due to a training-ground injury.