Ryan Giggs backs Gareth Bale to shake away Real Madrid woes on Wales duty

Wales manager Ryan Giggs has said that Gareth Bale should shed the disappointment with Real Madrid when he arrives on international duty. The attacker has been picked by Giggs for the games against Trinidad & Tobago and Slovakia this month and he is confident that the Los Blancos ace will give his best for the national side.

Speaking to Sky Sports, he said: “He loves coming away. It is with his mates and he loves being away on international duty. Cristiano has left and there is a void there. That has a big effect on Real Madrid when you lose 40 to 50 goals. Gareth has always said he has been happy, even when he has been criticised and things have gone wrong or not gone right. You have to take that criticism when you are at a big club, whether it is just or not.”

Bale was touted to take the goalscoring burden after the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo from the Bernabeu last summer but that has not happened with injury concerns and the occasional average run of form. As such, he has found himself jeered by the club’s faithful and this has spread speculation regarding his future at the club.

“Los Blancos have recently reappointed Zinedine Zidane at the helm but this has further presented doubts whether the Welshman has a future at the club“. Bale found himself in-and-out of the starting lineup during the previous stint with the Frenchman and the forthcoming months “could give an indication“ whether the Welshman can win over the manager this time around.

Meanwhile, reports suggest Bale could make a probable return to the Premier League in the summer, though he may have to take a pay-cut to seal the comeback. Bale is expected to feature for Real Madrid against Celta Vigo this weekend before heading on international duty with Wales.