Former England and Real Madrid manager Fabio Capello thinks Gareth Bale has become ‘distracted’ in Spain amid rumours linking him with a return to England.
Bale has been at the Bernabeu since 2013 yet has often received a rough ride from supporters despite helping the club with four Champions League titles and a La Liga during his time in the Spanish capital.
Some have questioned his commitment to Madrid, and he attracted criticism while on international duty for posing with a flag that read “Wales. Golf. Madrid. In that order.”
Speaking to the Daily Mail , Capello- who had two separate spells as Madrid manager- said he was not convinced Bale still enjoys football as much as he once did.
“Bale is a potentially fantastic player,” Capello said. “My impression that football is no longer a priority in life. Bale seems to be a distracted player- I like him a lot, he’s strong and fast, perfect for modern football.
“If you want to be a champion today, though, you have to be 100 percent attentive and focused only on your sporting life.”
Some Madrid fans have blamed Bale for their side’s poor performances in recent years, but Capello believes the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus has been the key factor in their decline.
“Cristiano is fundamental for every team (he plays in),” Capello continued.
” Real Madrid suffered from his farewell and while (Karim) Benzema took his place, they lost a mental and technical leader.”
There is speculation that Bale could rejoin his former club Tottenham , with their manager Jose Mourinho said to be keen to link up with the player.
Madrid are currently level on points with bitter rivals Barcelona at the top of La Liga, although they are in second place on goal difference. They next face a Supercopa semi-final against Valencia on Wednesday.