Real Madrid's Ancelotti: Man United target Gareth Bale “not selfish, will play”

The former Tottenham winger was criticised for a botched chance against Valencia, but the Italian has backed the star.

Real Madrid’s outstanding run of 22 consecutive wins came to an end at the weekend as they were beaten 2-1 by Valencia at the Mestalla, with Gareth Bale copping the brunt of the criticism from the Spanish press.

The former Tottenham Hotspur winger and reported Manchester United target had a glorious chance to score in the second-half or square the ball to the unmarked Karim Benzema but botched the opportunity under pressure.

The Spanish media have been quick to criticise the Wales international and claim that his team-mates are frustrated with him, but Carlo Ancelotti has given Bale a vote of confidence and stated he will play against Atletico Madrid in the Copa del Rey tonight.

"I have seen the play and it was not easy to pass the ball, it was very complicated," the Madrid manager said according to AS.

"He had no room and he tried to shoot. There is no need to talk about Bale. He knows very well when he needs to pass but he took the right decision.

"Tomorrow clearly he is going to play. I do not think Bale is selfish. If he has pressure, it is positive because he has scored goals in the finals he has played in.”

Bale has been linked with a sensational move back to the Premier League, with big-spending Manchester United said to be sounding out a potential return.

Despite this the Welshman will be remaining at the Santiago Bernabeu for the time being, with his upcoming performances looking likely to be heavily critiqued by a critical Madrid fanbase and the media.

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