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REAL MADRID

Solari's persistence with Bale creating dressing room tension

Despite the Welsh player's reaction to Lucas Vazquez away to Levante and a discreet Copa del Rey game, the Argentine coach started Bale in Saturday's El Clasico.

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Solari y Bale, en el Mundial de Clubes.
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Real Madrid coach Santiago Solari seems determined to get the best out of Gareth Bale with the Argentine coach opting to start the Welsh striker in Saturday's El Clásico testament to this. The Cardiff born player lined up alongside Benzema and Vinicius at the Santiago Bernabéu at the weekend and was whistled by the home fans when he was substituted in the second half being replaced by Asensio. The incident was not lost on the player's representative Jonathan Barnett who stated: "These people know no shame and Gareth deserves more respect. The way the Real Madrid fans have treated him is a disgrace".

After the substitution, Bale made straight for the dressing room and the episode marks another chapter in the tense relationship with the Bernabeu faithful. Asked about the incident later, Solari claimed: "I don't want to focus on these type of things, the players have given their all. Despite the fans having the freedom to express their opinion, Bale has done many great things for this club and all players deserve some respect".

Attitude

The problem with Solari's attitude towards Bale is the collateral affect it seems to be having within the Santiago Bernabéu dressing room coming after a week when Bale brushed away Lucas Vazquez after scoring from the spot away to Levante and a circumspect performance in the midweek Copa del Rey game as Barcelona eliminated the side from the capital with an emphatic 0-3 scoreline. Bale once again was whistled by the local fans as he entered the action in the second 45'.

Real Madrid's Gareth Bale
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Real Madrid's Gareth BaleSusana VeraREUTERS

Despite solid performances from the likes of Lucas Vazquez, Mariano Diaz who continually looks threatening when given playing time and Marco Asensio who proved decisive when coming on for Madrid in Amsterdam, Solari appears determined to stick with the Welsh international.

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