Things were worse under Redknapp than Real this summer, claims Bale

first_imgGARETH BALE has revealed being benched by Harry Redknapp for a year was worse than his last 12 months at Real Madrid.Tottenham bizarrely failed to win any of the first 24 Premier League games he was involved in and he was benched for the better part of a year at White Hart Lane during an injury-hit start.4 Gareth Bale has revealed the last 12 months were not as bad as his difficult year under Harry RedknappCredit: Alamy Live News4 Bale had a difficult start to life at Spurs and was not on the winning side for his first 24 Premier League gamesCredit: PA:Press AssociationThe Welshman, 30, is back with his national team and has spoken for the first time about his difficulties at Madrid.Real tried to sell the former world record player to Jiangsu Suning over the summer, but the move collapsed after it was aborted by the Spanish giants.The nightmare was made worse by the fact that he was expected to fill the void left by Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure from the Bernabeu, but instead scored just eight La Liga goals last season under Zinedine Zidane.He said: “It’s not been great but it’s not been the worst.”I remember not playing for a year under Harry Redknapp!”It’s not been ideal but I’ve been there before and I know how to deal with it. It’s just about keeping your head down and working hard.”I keep grinding through everything and had a good pre-season in terms of training and I’ve started the season well.”I feel good. I feel stronger than ever at the moment. When you get older you learn from your mistakes in the past and do a bit more prevention work in the gym.”I feel in very good shape so hopefully I can stay on top of that and continue to play well.”LADBROKES 1-2-FREE Simply predict England, Wales and Scotland vs Belgium scores this weekend and win £100Bale is back in the goals again and back in favour among the notoriously fickle Madridistas.His brace at Villarreal helped his side to a point, where they have made an OK start with a win and two draws.But he says he drowned out all the noise throughout the summer over his future.He added: “I don’t listen because they don’t know what they’re on about! I don’t read anything. Most people don’t know the situation. MOST READ IN FOOTBALLTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himREF RAIDChampions League ref Vincic ‘arrested in raid into drugs and prostitution ring’STIR IT UPBohemians post cryptic response to FIFA promoting a jersey with Bob Marley on it”It didn’t impact me too much, I had a great summer holidays.”I kept my head down in pre-season and there was a lot of talk, good and bad, but I just kept working hard in training.”Things that happened will stay private at the club but if you want answers maybe you need to ask Real Madrid.”4 Bale’s career looks to be back on track at Madrid after he netted two against VillarrealCredit: Rex Features4last_img read more