Real Madrid will remain patient with Gareth Bale, says Guillem Balague

MADRID, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 09: Gareth Bale of Real Madrid CF reacts during the La Liga match between Real Madrid and Levante at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on
Image: Real Madrid will be patient with Gareth Bale, insists Guillem Balague

Real Madrid will remain patient with Gareth Bale, and the Wales international will regain his previous good form, says Guillem Balague.

Bale has been jeered by Real Madrid fans at the Bernabeu in their last three home games for some under-par performances, but with five years left on his deal, Balague says the club will wait for his best form.

Balague told Sky Sports: "Bale has been booed in the last three games at home. Time to go? He has five more years left on his contract and Florentino Perez wants to wait for his best version.

Real Madrid's Welsh forward Gareth Bale gestures after a fall during the Spanish league football match Real Madrid CF vs Valencia CF at the Santiago Bernab
Image: Bale has not his his usual heights in the past year or so

"Firstly, he got injured in November last year and has not fully recovered his best form yet as it takes a while, and also because he tried to come back too early.

"In that period of almost a year, he's hardly played and he's not at his best yet physically. He's not sharp and doesn't like the booing, but he'll have to get used to it because that's the Real Madrid fans, they're very demanding.

"Also in that period, Isco came into his own and the style changed, no quick attacks so often, which kills the space that makes Bale so dangerous."

Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale celebrate after Real Madrid are crowned 2016/17 La Liga champions
Image: When Cristiano Ronaldo returns from suspension, Bale could partner him up front

Bale, who joined Real for a then-world-record fee in 2013 from Tottenham, impressed in his first few seasons in La Liga.

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Though the impressive form of Marco Asensio and Isco has cast some doubts over his future, Balague says that once he is fully fit and in his preferred position, Bale will flourish.

"While he recovers his best form, he is cleverly using the left wing to make an impact, even though Real now play with two forwards (Cristiano Ronaldo and him when the Portuguese returns from suspension).

Zinedine Zidane looks on from the bench during the UEFA Champions League group H match against APOEL
Image: Zinedine Zidane's Real have suffered a slow start to their La Liga campaign

"Some say the left wing is where he should play, but before his injury, he was Real's best player and he was mostly affecting the game through the centre, as a 10 or as a striker.

"So be patient, he will soon be the Bale that we have seen till his last injury.

"Once he regains his sharpness, are there any of you that would bet against him becoming the player he was before his injury? I wouldn't."

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