Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has revealed they have a nickname for Wales star Gareth Bale – and described him as the loner of the group at the Bernabeu, according to reports in Belgium.
The stopper also said the former Tottenham man is struggling to adapt to life in Spain, despite being there for six years.
Courtois revealed that Bale also recently avoided a team meal with his colleagues.
In an interview with Belgian oulet HLN, the ex-Chelsea keeper called captain Sergio Ramos “a leader”, said left-back Marcelo is known as “Samba” because of his ball skills, and hailed Luka Modric as “a genius”.
When asked about Bale, he said: “The golfer.
“It is very hard to describe Gareth in one word.
“I would say he has so much talent, but that it is such a shame that so often that talent is blocked from shining.”
He added: “I live like somebody who is born and bred in Madrid.
“I eat late, I go bed late…it is their way of life.
“The other night we had a dinner with the entire squad.
“But Bale and (Toni) Kroos did not turn up. They reckoned the dinner was too late at night.
“We had arranged to be in the restaurant at 9.30pm and we started out meal around 10.15pm and by midnight we were having coffee.
“We go to bed at around 1am. We have to train every morning at 11am. I think that is a perfect time.
“But Bale had told us ‘I am not coming to join you, guys. I go to bed at 11’.”
In a recent interview Marcelo revealed that Bale only knew a handful of Spanish words despite having lived in the country since 2013.
After the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus and Kiko Casilla to Leeds, the Brazilian said he is now lonely at the club.
He said: “Now I have no one by my side, I have Bale on the other side, but Bale does not speak, he only speaks English, we speak with gestures and say ‘hi, hello and good wine’.”
Bale was given the unenviable nickname of “Mr Glass” by the Spanish press in reference to his injury record in the Spanish capital.
The 29-year-old was pictured reportedly making an offensive gesture during the 3-1 win over rivals Atletico Madrid last weekend.
He could face a ban of up to 12 matches.
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