‘Loving your country comes before the club you are in, that isn’t the problem’: Thibaut Courtois defends Real Madrid team-mate Gareth Bale after he posed with ‘Wales, golf, Madrid’ flag but admits decision was ‘miscalculated’
- Gareth Bale posed with flag with words ‘Wales, golf, Madrid… in that order’ on it
- Controversial celebrations came after Wales qualified for Euro 2020 last week
- Bale’s Real Madrid team-mate Thibaut Courtois has spoken out about incident
His celebrations have led to controversy in Spain but his team-mate Courtois has spoken out about the incident.
Gareth Bale dances with a ‘Wales. Golf. Madrid’ banner after Wales qualified for Euro 2020
‘I don’t think that Bale’s priorities are Wales, golf and Madrid. Bale is involved with Madrid at 100 per cent,’ he said in a pre-match press conference to Madrid’s Champions League clash against Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday.
‘Loving your country still comes before the club you are in, that is not the problem.
‘The problem with Bale was that in Wales he miscalculated with the euphoria because he was happy.’
Madrid fans hit back at Bale by unveiling a banner in the stands, which read: ‘Rodrygo. Vinicius. Lucas. Bale. In THAT order’, and jeering the Welsh star in the club’s victory over Real Sociedad at the weekend.
Thibaut Courtois did defend Bale but also admitted that forward’s decision was ‘miscalculated’