Ex-Tottenham star Gareth Bale defended by Emilio Butragueno

The Wales international has come in for criticism of late, with the Santiago Bernabeu fans booing him at the weekend.

Having the world’s most-expensive player moniker takes some justification, as Gareth Bale is seemingly finding out at Real Madrid.

The former Tottenham attacker was booed at the weekend by the Santiago Bernabeu fans for the second time this season, with accusations in the press that the Wales international is too selfish.

Bale had ten shots at goal in the 4-1 win over Real Sociedad, with one in particular standing out.

The Welshman intercepted a pass meant for James Rodriguez and fired wide with the goal at his mercy, which was treated to a chorus of boos.

Despite the building pressure on Bale, Real Madrid legend Emilio Butragueno has come to the winger’s defence.

"Bale had a real presence in the game and in the way the team played," Butragueno was quoted as saying by the Daily Telegraph.

"He could have scored several goals. Sometimes he gets it right, sometimes not, but the importance is that he is creating the chances and is very involved."

Bale did get an assist in the win by setting up Karim Benzema, but was clearly feeling the pressure of replacing the suspended Cristiano Ronaldo.

The European champions take on Sevilla on Wednesday night, which should be a much tougher test, with all eyes to see how Bale performs for Carlo Ancelotti’s men.

With growing scrutiny over Bale’s performances, the British press have been quick to suggest that the ex-Spurs man could be a summer target for Manchester United.

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