Gareth Bale agent 'speaks too much' says Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti in public dressing down

The Welshman's agent, Jonathan Barnett, suggested his client's team-mates weren't passing to him

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Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has delivered a public dressing down to Gareth Bale's agent over recent comments.

With Bale enduring a difficult second season at the Bernabeu, Jonathan Barnett has leapt to the defence of his client which in a recent interview included suggesting the Welshman's team-mates were not passing to him enough.

Ahead of Real Madrid's Champions League semi-final second-leg with Juventus, Ancelotti addressed Barnett's comments and suggested he keep them to himself in future.

"I don't understand what his agent said. It could be better to not speak. But we are used to it, in this world (where) a lot of people speak and sometimes, speak too much.

"Bale has no problem with his colleagues. His colleagues have no problem with him. They like Gareth Bale and he likes his colleagues. There is one word too many perhaps from outside."

Gareth Bale with Cristiano Ronaldo


As if to prove Ancelotti's point, Bale's team-mate James Rodriguez added at the same press conference: "I didn't see what was said, it's the first time I've heard it.

"We all want to play with him. Cristiano, Chicarito...we're all a team and we have to be united. You can't speculate on what is said outside. We all have to be focused."


Bale has been a regular in the Real side this season, although he last scored for them back in early April in the 9-1 win over Granada, where Cristiano Ronaldo got four goals.

Ancelotti, who will hope Madrid can overcome a 2-1 deficit from the first-leg against Juventus, said of the £85m man: "I think Bale's played a very good season.

"Last year he scored in important games and scored in all the finals. With any luck he could do same this year.

"But outside of this world where people speak, sometimes they speak too much. These people have never seen a training session. They don't know what it's like in a dressing room. They speak from outside."


Additional reporting PA