Balague: Bale better at Tottenham but will 'definitely' stay at Real Madrid

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Sky Sports pundit Guillem Balague says Gareth Bale will definitely be staying at Real Madrid.

Guillem Balague has told Sky Sports programme Revista de La Liga that whilst Gareth Bale is not playing as he did at Tottenham, the Welshman will 'definitely' stay at Real Madrid.

Bale, 25, became a hero at Tottenham, smashing 49 goals in his final three seasons at the club, evolving from the timid left back that they signed from Southampton into the rampaging winger who tore defences apart single-handedly at times.

After those exploits at White Hart Lane, Bale was sold to Real Madrid for a world record fee of £86m, meaning he had become the most expensive player in the world - surpassing his Real team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo.

With 22 goals in 44 games, Bale's first season went well, scoring the winning gal in the the Copa del Rey final against Barcelona before winning the Champions League just weeks later - and the addition of James Rodriguez last summer meant Real Madrid had one of the most fearsome attacking line-ups in world football.

Yet this season, Bale has struggled. 16 goals in 39 games is far from a terrible return, but Real Madrid fans have been unhappy with his displays, branding him selfish before allegedly attacking Bale's car after Sunday's 2-1 defeat to Barcelona at the Camp Nou.

Speaking to Sky Sports programme Revista de La Liga, Guillem Balague admitted that Bale wasn't producing the performances that he was at Tottenham, but that it was largely because of the role he's being asked to play under Carlo Ancelotti - and added that despite the tough season, Bale won't be leaving this summer.

"You're not seeing the Gareth Bale of Spurs, you're not seeing his best version," said Balague. "He's been asked to track back and be there helping the full back, but perhaps the feeling is that he's a forward, so he should be in other positions. The thing is, modern football is not like what he used to do at Spurs. He may be able to do it."

"Cristiano Ronaldo is definitely staying at Real Madrid next season. Gareth Bale is definitely staying at Real Madrid next season, there is no doubt whatsoever. Real Madrid need both of them to be there, and want both of them to be there, and there will be a decision after that. Maybe then, Bale can play as he wants to, but at the moment, within the realms of the discipline of the team, he has got to improve - and to do that, perhaps he needs to listen," he added.

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