Manchester United target Gareth Bale has claimed he feels the support of Real Madrid fans despite the catcalls at him during the opening games of the new campaign. The Wales star has failed to win the hearts of the Spanish supporters since his world record transfer from White Hart Lane in the summer of 2013.
The Former Tottenham hero scored crucial goals in the Copa del Rey and the Champions League finals during his debut season at the Santiago Bernabeu. However, he was made scapegoat of last season's disappointing campaign constantly accused of being selfish to his team-mates and called a ball-hugger.
New manager Rafa Benitez has tried to make him feel more comfortable in the new campaign handing him the central role he had in his best season at Spurs. But Bale has so far failed to justify the manager's trust.
Real Madrid fans have whistled at him both in the final pre-season game against Galatasaray and in the La Liga opening goalless draw against Sporting Gijon. The Spanish press have also questioned his new position as a number 10 while a poll conducted by AS revealed fans once again wanted him out of Benitez's line-up.
Manchester United are said to be ready to take advantage of his vulnerable position after ESPN recently reported Louis van Gaal will make a last-ditch attempt to lure him to United before the window closes on 1 September. Bale's agent Jonathan Barnett, however told IBTimes UK on 4 August that his client was happy with the La Liga outfit and was not looking for a move.
Bale himself has since tried to quash the transfer rumours by sending a message to Real Madrid fans in his first-ever interview delivered in Spanish.
"The fans are good with me, and it is a dream for me to play for Real Madrid. I give everything for this shirt and the supporters", Bale said during a trailing of the interview to be broadcasted later.