‘Solari and Bale should put Real Madrid before everything else’

There are a few players who have played at both Real Madrid and Barcelona and one of the most recent examples is forward Javier Saviola, who joined Los Blancos after his second spell at the Camp Nou in 2007.

With a double header of El Clasico coming this week, the Argentine forward discussed his former clubs, expressing a hope that the simmering problems at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu can find a resolution.

“I know [Santiago] Solari and I’m sure he has made everything clear with [Gareth] Bale,” Saviola told A Diario.

“Things like this always happen in a dressing room but I hope they have the maturity and intelligence to put the club before everything else.

“I have a great love for Solari and I think he’s doing well with a difficult job where there is a lot of pressure and no patience.

“He is a perfectly capable coach.”

Having played for both sides of the Clasico rivalry, Saviola commented that both Barcelona and Madrid are two of the world’s most loved clubs.

“Real Madrid and Barcelona are two giants,” he went on. “Wherever you go you are welcomed for playing there.

“Their level is at the very top and they are institutions.”

After a couple of quiet weeks below his usual level, Lionel Messi got back to his best at Sevilla last weekend as he netted a hat-trick.

“He has made us used to it already,” Saviola said, praising his compatriot.

“He perplexes us. Every year he tries to be the best and we just have to enjoy it. We are privileged.”