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Gareth Bale has become “distracted” as a footballer, according to Fabio Capello

By Chris Smith

Published: 17:57, 5 January 2020

Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale has become “distracted” from his career as a footballer, according to Fabio Capello.

The 30-year-old Welsh international has scored over 100 goals for Los Blancos since arriving from Tottenham Hotspur in 2013, helping Real to six major honours during that time — including four Champions League titles.

Does Bale need to leave Real Madrid? Five things to know…

  • Bale has scored over 100 goals since joining Real Madrid in 2013.
  • But despite his successes, he’s never been taken to heart by supporters.
  • His strained relationship with fans has often seen him linked with Man Utd, as well as a Spurs return.
  • Bale hasn’t registered a goal or assist since the infamous “Wales. Golf. Madrid” incident.
  • Capello believes football is no longer Bale’s priority and that he’s become “distracted”.


Bale has also scored in the Champions League and the Copa del Rey finals but despite his huge contributions, the forward has never held a great relationship with the Real Madrid fanbase.

The latest flashpoint was Bale posing with a banner which read “Wales. Golf. Madrid. In that order” while celebrating Wales’ qualification for Euro 2020 back in November.

He’s since suffered the wrath of Madrid supporters, while his form for the La Liga giants has dipped following the incident — Bale has failed to register a goal or assist in seven appearances since that game against Hungary.

And former Real Madrid manager Capello believes Bale has taken his eye off the prize when it comes to football, suggesting the sport may no longer be his number one priority.

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“My impression is that football is not his priority anymore,” Capello told the Daily Mail. “Bale looks to me that he is distracted.

“I like him a lot as a player, and the qualities he has are excellent for modern football. But if you want to be a champion today, you have to be 100% attentive with your sporting life.”

Los Blancos face Valencia in the Copa del Rey semi-final on Wednesday.