Courtois Critic Bale’s Effort To Integrate With Teammates

Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has revealed Gareth Bale and Toni Kroos have refused to make more of an effort to fit in with other team-mates at Real Madrid.  

The goalkeeper who signed from Chelsea in the summer was speaking to Belgian newspaper when he revealed the winger had earned the nickname ‘the golfer’ for his habit of spending all his spare time away from his teammates on the golf course.“It is very hard to describe Gareth in one word. I would say he has so much talent, but that it is such a shame that so often that talent is blocked from shining.

“I live like somebody who is born and bred in Madrid. I eat late, I go bed late… it is their way of life.

“The other night we had a dinner with the entire squad. But Bale and (Toni) Kroos did not turn up. They reckoned the dinner was too late at night.

“We had arranged to be in the restaurant at 9.30pm and we started out meal around 10.15pm and by midnight we were having coffee.

“We go to bed at around 1am. We have to train every morning at 11am. I think that is a perfect time. But Bale had told us ‘I am not coming to join you, guys. I go to bed at 11pm

Bale has been consistently linked with a move back to the Premier League ever since heading to La Liga, but such it is hard to see where such a transfer could materialise. His massive wages and poor injury record, as well as the sizeable transfer fee Madrid would no doubt seek, make him a major risk for any club.

Following Sunday’s result Madrid now sit nine points behind La Liga leaders Barcelona as the club enters a vital stretch of the season.  

They are next in action against Levante on Sunday, with Madrid then facing the second leg of a Copa del Rey semi-final against Barcelona and a league Clasico three days later.