Gareth Bale’s situation at Real Madrid “is unsatisfying for everyone”, admits Toni Kroos, who has suggested that the winger “is still a bit mad” about being denied a transfer in 2019.
Bale was heavily linked with a move away from Santiago Bernabeu last summer, with Jiangsu Suning touted as his most likely next destination amid rumours of a possible return to the Premier League.
The Chinese Super League outfit reportedly offered the Welshman a lucrative contract, which he was open to signing, but Madrid blocked the move at the eleventh hour.
The Madrid midfielder told the Lauschangriff podcast of an out-of-favour team-mate’s current predicament:
“There’s no getting around that the situation is unsatisfying for everyone.
“He certainly wasn’t brought in to play as little as he does now.”
Kroos added on the possibility of Bale feeling some resentment towards Madrid officials for failing to sanction his departure last year:
“I believe that he wanted to leave last summer in principle and that the club signalled a yes at first and then not again. I don’t know if he’s still a bit mad about that. It’s a difficult subject.”
The Germany international did, however, insist that Bale has been subjected to unfair scrutiny over the past couple of years, and that he hasn’t been a disruptive presence within the dressing room.
“It’s certainly not as extreme as it’s made out to be,” said Kroos.
“Everything is okay in the team. I’ve known him for six years and we’ve won some pretty big things together.”