Ahead of the UEFA Champions League clash pitting Real Madrid away to French side PSG later on Wednesday 21 October, controversy has been brewing over Gareth Bale’s commitment to Real Madrid after he featured full time in two of Wales’ Euro qualifiers after returning from injury.
By the time Bale featured in the entire matches against Bosnia – Herzegovina and Andorra, he had not started a game for Real Madrid in a month due to injury leading to claims from journalists that he is not fully committed to Real Madrid.
The claims were further fueled by the player’s withdrawal at half time in the game against Levante and he is set to miss the Champions League game against PSG. However, his manager at the club has moved to calm the issue, noting that the player wanted to continue in the weekend game but he was deemed too fatigued to continue.
“The other day, when he came off at half-time, he wanted to continue,” Benitez said. “We could see he was fatigued. And when you are tired there is more chance of an injury.
“He wanted to play on, I said no, and we let him rest. Now the most urgent thing is to begin the treatment, and they will tell us what is expected in one or two days.”
With Bale missing out, Benitez admitted it is a big blow but chose to laud the team for the win over Levante and he will be looking to inspire the team to a win in France tonight.
“Losing a player of his ability is a blow,” Benitez told a press conference on Tuesday. “But the team did well in the second half [against Levante] and won the match, which is what matters most.
“He wasn’t fully right coming into the dressing room. His stats during the first half look good to us and perhaps exhaustion played a role somehow. He wanted to play on and that shows he’s committed,” he added.
Real Madrid tops Group A along with PSG going to the game.