James and Bale slammed by Spanish press for Premier League struggles

‘Zidane was right!’: Spanish press lay into Gareth Bale and James Rodriguez after their recent Premier League struggles and claim Real Madrid were right to get rid of faltering pair to ‘lower-ranked clubs’

  • Spanish media has aimed bizarre digs at James Rodriguez and Gareth Bale
  • A report in Marca praises Zinedine Zidane for being ‘right’ about the attackers
  • Zidane made no secret of his desire to move both players on from the squad
  • Reports slams both stars for dwindling performances at ‘lower-ranked’ clubs 

The Spanish press have once again formed a witch-hunt against James Rodriguez and Gareth Bale, by claiming the recent Premier League struggles of the pair proves Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane right.

Zidane made no secret of his desire to move both stars on from the Bernabeu, given their limited playing time and eye-watering salaries.

And now reports in Spain have been published slamming the players despite their departures from the club, in a bizarre back-patting gesture to Madrid for finally cutting their losses.

Gareth Bale has once again found himself being slammed in the Spanish press for his form

James Rodriguez has also been targeted, despite his strong start to life with Everton

A comment piece published on Wednesday morning in Marca again brought both James and Bale under the spotlight, despite the duo no longer playing their football in the Spanish capital.

Some due credit was handed to James’ strong start to the season under Carlo Ancelotti during which he scored three goals in the opening five games and provided three assists as Everton shot to the top of the league.

But his recent drop off, predominantly due to injury, was then given heavy focus with the publication seemingly desperate to stack up evidence to prove Zidane correct.

The reports serve as a back-patting gesture for Zinedine Zidane, for finally moving the stars on

Marca state that James started the season with strong early form, as he did previously during a loan spell with Bayern Munich, but ‘little by little he has been diluted and his benefits diminished.’

It is further claimed that James was ‘inspiring a crowd that now doubts his contribution’ at Goodison Park. 

When turning focus to Bale, the pantomime villain of the Spanish media, no punches were pulled as the Welshman’s injury troubles were laid bare and particular emphasis given to the fact that the knee injury which troubled him in Madrid still persists.

It is also noted that Bale is now ‘relegated’ to the Europa League, with suggestion of an inability to break into the Tottenham senior ranks under Jose Mourinho.

Zidane made it no secret that he wanted Bale out, but Madrid now fear his loan being cut short

A thinly veiled swipe is also taken at both Everton and Spurs, with the Premier League sides being labelled ‘clearly lower rank than Madrid,’ adding that the transfer of the players to either club has left Zidane with ‘no remorse.’

This comes after particular attention has been paid to Bale’s big-money loan move away from Madrid, with the Spanish giants fearing the £650,000-per-week star will be sent back and have his deal cut short.

At present Bale occupies a huge slice of the Spurs wage bill – with the club willing to foot half of his weekly income – despite him hardly featuring.

It was confirmed this week that Bale is set to miss ‘the next few weeks’ following the flare up of a calf issue, sustained playing in the Carabao Cup against Stoke.

The 31-year-old missed a 1-1 stalemate with Wolves as a result, as Spurs failed to make up ground at the summit of the Premier League. 

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