‘I didn’t really know how to deal with it’ – Bale on Bernabeu whistles

Bale says as he has gotten older he has learned how to deal with whistles from Real Madrid fans.

The Wales international is regularly booed by fans at the Spanish capital, which has only got worse after he posed with a banner which read: ‘Wales, golf, Madrid, in that order,’ while on international duty recently.

“I think the first time it happened [being booed], it was a bit of a shock. I didn’t really know how to deal with it.

“But as I’ve got older, it’s happened one or two more times and you understand how to deal with it.

“Now I just shrug it off. In way, with respect it’s the best place to get whistled if you don’t perform which I understand.

“Obviously I have to just keep working hard and keep proving to the fans what I can do. Eventually the whistles do stop and you get on with your career like normal.”