Gareth Bale was at the centre of a tense incident ahead of Real Madrid’s 3-0 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday night which appears to give some insight into his current situation at the Spanish side.
Before kick-off at the Parc des Princes, he gave a stern look to team-mate Raphael Varane as the Madrid players lined up for the pre-match photo.
Varane was trying to hand him the Real Madrid badge to hold in the picture, but Bale (who was in the middle in the front row) glared back at the French defender and raised his eyebrows before eventually taking the club crest and passing it along to Dani Carvajal.
It was an indication of how he feels about life at Real Madrid at the moment, following a difficult summer in which he looked set to leave the 13-time European champions.
Bale was frozen out by coach Zinedine Zidane at the end of last season and was offered around Europe in the summer as Los Blancos sought to sell him.
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But he ended up staying after Madrid pulled the plug on an agreement for the 30-year-old to join Chinese Super League side Jiansu Suning in July.
The former Spurs star has been heavily criticised in the Spanish press and in the recent international break he told Sky Sports: "I understand I was made more of a scapegoat than most, I take it with a pinch of salt even though maybe it's not all fully fair.”
The Welsh winger also added: "I wouldn't say I'm playing happy, but I’m playing.” And he said he expected that “there’ll be plenty more turbulence” at Real in future.
Bale was one of Madrid’s better players in the disappointing 3-0 loss at the Parc des Princes on Wednesday night, when he saw a spectacular lob ruled out for handball late in the first half.
He was replaced by Vinicius Junior with 11 minutes remaining.