Carragher: Ronaldo hampers former Spurs star Gareth Bale's progress in Madrid

Gareth Bale

Jamie Carragher says former Tottenham Hotspur star Gareth Bale should return to the Premier League.

Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher believes former Manchester United superstar Cristiano Ronaldo is hindering Gareth Bale’s ability to perform at Real Madrid, the Daily Mail report.

The Welsh international traded Tottenham Hotspur for the Spanish capital in 2013 and enjoyed a dream debut campaign, scoring winning goals in the Copa Del Rey and Champions League finals.

However, his progress this season has been hindered somewhat and Madrid’s trophy-less campaign has resulted in Bale becoming the subject of intense criticism from certain sectors in Spain.

But what exactly has the former Spurs man done wrong? He has netted 13 goals and added nine assists in 30 La Liga matches, a record which is remarkably similar to Chelsea hero Eden Hazard.

While the Blues’ Belgian international has received widespread acclaim and the ensuing PFA Player of the Year award, Bale is being hung out to dry at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Carragher feels Ronaldo’s presence isn’t helping, and the Portuguese international’s personal ambition of being the world’s best player is having a negative impact on his attacking teammate.

“A move home would make sense on a number of levels, not least as while Cristiano Ronaldo is there. Ronaldo does not want to be upstaged and will always be Real’s main man,” Carragher explained.

“I don’t know him but I don’t get the sense he is putting an arm around Bale’s shoulder or looking after him in the dressing room. Why? Look at how he sulked when Bale took a goal off him against Levante in March.”

What now for Gareth Bale?

Bale’s battle in Madrid is only going to continue should he stay put, especially considering the likelihood of Barcelona ace Lionel Messi reclaiming the Ballon d’Or trophy from Ronaldo at the end of the year.

There is no doubt he could get into any team in the Premier League, but a return would certainly cost one the league’s top four a hefty transfer fee and, with FFP to consider, it could be risky.

Chelsea are an obvious candidate, but what about Arsenal? Popular pundit Paul Merson asked the question on Sky Sports, with a Theo Walcott exit possibly making room for his arrival.

However, the Gunners’ frontline is already loaded with top quality and it is largely against Arsene Wenger’s principles to blow their entire budget on just one player.

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