Former Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon believes Manchester United target Gareth Bale will only leave the Bernabeu this summer if he decides to force his way out.
Bale has been the target of criticism from supporters at Madrid this season following a number of poor performances.
The ill feeling was only heightened after the Welshman missed a number of good chances against Juventus on Wednesday as Madrid were knocked out of the Champions League.
Calderon insisted it is up to the player whether he leaves or not as Madrid will not want him to go so soon after making him the world’s most expensive player.
Speaking about the situation, Calderon said: ”I think Gareth Bale will stay at Real Madrid. As I always say, it’s the player who decides whether he leaves or not. I don’t see Real Madrid selling him now, having paid more than €100m for him. He’ll only leave if he says, ‘I’m not happy here, I want to leave’.
“That’s the only situation I can see him leaving the club. He wasn’t the worst player against Juventus, he was unlucky not to score.
“I don’t think he’s been a failure. He came with a higher transfer fee than Cristiano Ronaldo so people are always going to compare Bale with him.
“They want to see him be better than Ronaldo, to score more goals. It’s impossible, though.
“It’s unfair to say he’s failed. Real Madrid are very demanding, they want to win all of the titles every year, but it’s impossible.”
It is unfortunate to see Bale take so much flak at Madrid but the hope for United fans is that it convinces him to make the move to Old Trafford at the end of the campaign.
The United faithful will certainly treat Bale as one of their own and he can be assured that they will behind him every step of the way. After all, players such as Radamel Falcao are currently going through similar difficulties at United but supporters still chant his name.