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Carlo Ancelotti defends under-fire Gareth Bale

Former Tottenham Hotspur star Gareth Bale has come in for criticism in the Spanish capital.

Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has defended former Tottenham Hotspur ace Gareth Bale following an indifferent spell in the Spanish capital.

The Welsh international joined Los Blancos from Spurs for a reported record £85.3 million transfer fee in the summer of 2013 and enjoyed a dream debut campaign at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Scoring the winner in both the Copa Del Rey and the Champions League final would normally cement your place as an all-time great in most clubs, but Real Madrid is quite different.

The Madrid faithful are as demanding as they come and Bale is now finding that out as he comes under fire despite scoring four goals and assisting a further three in seven La Liga games.

The current rise of Spanish star Isco isn’t helping matters, and the 22-year-old’s majestic El Clasico performance has prompted fans to call for his involvement ahead of Bale.

Carlo Ancelotti, however, reassured Bale of his place in the Madrid team and told Spanish publication Mundo Deportivo that the flying winger remains one of the best players in the world.

"No one is angry when Bale plays because he deserves it after last year where he was one of the most important players in the squad," he said.

"I don’t think anyone is upset because he is one of the world’s best players. For me the most important aspect is that Isco is playing very well and is in a very good period right now.

"The rest are opinions that we have to respect but Isco and Bale have played well together many times and will do again. When one plays it doesn’t mean that the other sits out.”

Since leaving White Hart Lane for the La Liga giants, Bale has scored 27 goals in 56 appearances in all competitions.

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