Ryan Giggs dismissive of Gareth Bale criticism at Real Madrid
Wales boss Ryan Giggs says he has no worries about Gareth Bale despite the increasing levels of criticism being levelled at him at Real Madrid.
The Welsh superstar has been the subject of intense flak over the past week, coinciding with a disastrous week for the Bernabeu outfit which saw them crash out of the Champions League in embarrassing fashion at the hands of Ajax.
But the problems for Bale go back further than that, with team-mate Thibaut Courtois revealing last month that they call the former Tottenham man "the golfer" and that he missed a team bonding meal because it was too late in the evening for him.
The language is also a factor, with many prominent Real figures hitting out at the attacker for showing a "lack of commitment" to the club.
Bale's agent gave an impassioned defence of his client in a radio interview this week, but Giggs believes that criticism is par for the course at a team like Real.
Speaking from South Africa, where Giggs is a part of the Champions League trophy tour, he was asked if Bale getting stick at Real Madrid worries him.
He said: "It's something you have to accept when you go to Real Madrid. You've seen the original Ronaldo and you've seen Cristino Ronaldo, at some point, they get a little bit of stick.
"That is the sort of club Real Madrid is. Gareth Bale has won four Champions Leagues. He scored in two and scored the winner in one.
"He has been an amazing player for Real Madrid.
"Usually, when a club like that isn't going too good they have to blame someone or they have to have a go at someone. But Gareth is a strong character and he's a brilliant player so there are no worries in that department."
Bale injured his ankle late on against the Dutch side, but he is expected to be fit for Wales' games against Slovakia and Trinidad and Tobago later this month.