Real Madrid’s Ancelotti defends Bale after agent criticises fans over player treatment

Carlo Ancelotti said Gareth Bale “respects the Real Madrid fans” and does not share the views of agent Jonathan Barnett, who described his treatment of the player as “disgusting” this week.

Barnett, who was speaking to reporters after landing in Madrid on Wednesday, was asked about the abuse against Bale after the injury-affected start of the season and described fans’ opinions as “irrelevant”.

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“I read about it. I don’t know [Barnett] Personally. “It’s not Bale’s thoughts,” Ancelotti said at a news conference on Saturday before facing Sevilla.Streaming live on ESPN + Sunday at 3PM ET in the US).

“Bale doesn’t think so. Bale respects the Real Madrid fans, and the Real Madrid fans always respect Bale.

He added, “Maybe they whistled at him sometimes, but he is not the only Real Madrid player who was whistled by the fans.” “I have nothing to say. It came from someone I don’t know.”

Barnett’s statements provoked a reaction from the Real Madrid Federation of supporters’ clubs for the Madrid region, on Friday, expressing “its condemnation and denunciation,” and demanded Bell to distance himself from his representative.

The 32-year-old striker – whose contract at the Bernabeu expires next summer – has not appeared for Real Madrid since August after suffering a serious hamstring injury.

He returned to fitness in time to play 45 minutes for Wales in their 5-1 World Cup qualifier win over Belarus on November 13, when he developed a calf problem.

Ancelotti also defended Eden Hazard, who missed this week with gastroenteritis, saying the player had “bad luck” and “wanted to come back and give his best”.

Real Madrid tops the La Liga standings after collecting 30 points from 13 matches, and has already qualified for the knockout stage of the Champions League.

Ancelotti also denied having already held talks with President Florentino Perez about boosting for next season.

“We’ve talked about the future of this club, with a new stadium, and a lot of highly qualified young people,” he added. “We did not talk about names or strengthening the team,” he added.

The Real Madrid coach also said Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland are “very good” amid rumors linking both players to the club, but declined to go into the question of whether he will play at the new Bernabeu next year.

“I imagine the new stadium with Ancelotti, not Mbappe or Haaland!” He laughed. “The important thing is for me to be there. I don’t want to give names. Real Madrid will play in the new stadium, and hopefully the coach will be Carlo.”


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