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Sport'It's a club like no other, where the white handkerchiefs come out': Ryan Giggs slams treatment of Gareth Bale by Real Madrid supporters as he praises his captain's professionalism

14:45  31 may  2019
14:45  31 may  2019 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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'It's a club like no other, where the white handkerchiefs come out': Ryan Giggs slams treatment of Gareth Bale by Real Madrid supporters as he praises his captain's professionalism © Getty (Photo by John Peters/Man Utd via Getty Images)

Ryan Giggs has launched a staunch defence of Gareth Bale's love for football amid claims the Wales forward would be content to see out his three-year Real Madrid contract on the bench.

Reports in Spain have suggested Bale is prepared to stay at the Bernabeu for the duration of his lucrative deal even if that means a lack of game-time under Zinedine Zidane.

A year ago Bale starred in the Champions League final against Liverpool, scoring a wondrous overhead kick, but he has not played since April and was left on the bench for the final game of the season despite Real losing to Betis.

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'It's a club like no other, where the white handkerchiefs come out': Ryan Giggs slams treatment of Gareth Bale by Real Madrid supporters as he praises his captain's professionalism © Getty (Photo by Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)

Zidane has made his feelings on Bale clear but the 29-year-old's wages, worth an estimated £650,000 per week before tax, are proving prohibitive for any move away. In any case Bale wishes to remain at Real.

But Giggs has rejected any suggestion Bale's enjoyment of football is fading. The pair have been on a warm-weather camp in Portugal ahead of Euro qualifiers in Croatia and Hungary.

'In training he looked like he enjoyed football to me,' said Giggs. 'He was sharp, he wanted the ball, and he was practising his trademark of cutting in on his left foot. He scored a great goal.

'It's a club like no other, where the white handkerchiefs come out': Ryan Giggs slams treatment of Gareth Bale by Real Madrid supporters as he praises his captain's professionalism © Getty (Photo by David S. Bustamante/Soccrates/Getty Images)

'Afterwards when a lot of the lads went in he was practising his shooting, so that doesn't strike me as someone who just wants to get off and go back to his room. It struck me as a professional who still loves football.

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'I don't know the ins and outs and I'm only looking from the outside, but you've got a player who won the team the Champions League final last year with one of the best goals you've ever seen and performs for that team week in, week out.

'I remember the original Ronaldo getting stick off Real Madrid fans. I remember Cristiano (Ronaldo) getting stick early doors. It's that kind of club, it's a club like no other where the white handkerchiefs come out.

'It's a club like no other, where the white handkerchiefs come out': Ryan Giggs slams treatment of Gareth Bale by Real Madrid supporters as he praises his captain's professionalism © Getty (Photo by Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)

'Gareth has experienced most situations as a footballer and he knows how to deal with all of them. When you're at a top club the pressure is natural and comes with the territory.'

Giggs did concede that were Bale to continue being left out it might affect his ability to play back-to-back matches when away with Wales. 'When players haven't played for a long period of time then of course you're not going to get the best out of them for 90 minutes,' he said.

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'If you've got a game three days later then it's a problem asking them to do it again. It will be tough.'

Bale has been linked with a switch to Manchester United but Giggs said Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had not been in touch.

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