Former Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale jokingly advised Jude Bellingham to “speak Spanish” as he offered guidance on how to thrive in the Spanish capital.
Despite filling his trophy cabinet in Madrid, Bale, who was famously reluctant to speak Spanish, had a challenging relationship with the Spanish media. Gareth Bale advised Bellingham to avoid similar issues. The English midfielder has scored 13 goals and provided three assists in his initial 14 games in Madrid white.
In an appearance on a game show, A League of Their Own, Bale outlined some tips: “The biggest advice, play the game at Madrid. If you don’t play the game, do what the media want, speak to them, basically be a puppet, you do get a lot of stick… Speak after the games, make sure you speak in Spanish, do those kind of things.”
Bale also opened up on his struggles during the end of his Madrid career: “You’ll see a lot of Galacticos, they act like Galacticos, they play the game of being at Real Madrid, that’s probably why it was at a bit of a downfall for me… I didn’t want to do it, I just wanted to play football and go home and that probably hindered me and that made them attack me a bit more.”
Bale, despite facing criticism from the Spanish media, played a vital role in an exceptionally successful Madrid team. He formed a formidable trio with Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo, contributing significantly to their success. Bale concluded his La Liga career with 106 goals and 67 assists, including the winning goal in the 2013-14 Champions League final.