Carlo Ancelotti backs Gareth Bale performances, but criticises words of his agent

The Italian coach responded with frustration, to comments made by Bale's agent, Jonathan Barnett.

Ahead of the crucial Champions League semi-final second-leg against Juventus, at his preview press call on Tuesday, Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti faced a number of difficult questions, forcing him to address issues other than the game itself.

Over the weekend, the agent of Gareth Bale, Jonathan Barnett, caused a stir by offering his views on the performances of his client, per the Telegraph, by suggesting Real Madrid team-mates aren't passing the ball enough to the Welsh star.

In contrast, via AS, Ancelotti assured: "Bale has had a good season with us. Last year he scored in the final and could have the opportunity to do the same this year. We're happy with him."

Specifically regarding the comments of Bale's agent, Ancelotti gave a somewhat caustic response: "In this world, there are many people who talk for the sake of talking, and do so too much."

Ancelotti also pointed out that Barnett: "Hasn't been to watch a training session, so he's speaking from the outside. Bale has no problems with his team-mates."

Whilst the gathered press kept pressing Ancelotti on the issue, he insisted: "Bale is delighted to be here," and offering his final words on the comments from Barnett, suggested: "It would have been better if he'd remained silent."

Given that Real Madrid must bounce back from a 2-1 first-leg defeat against Juventus, all eyes will undoubtedly be focused on what kind of impact Bale can make, as his side seek to reach a second consecutive final.

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