Gareth Bale says he has been made a scapegoat at Real Madrid.
The Welshman, who was on the verge of being sold by the Bernabeu giants to China in July, broke a six-month silence on his future in Cardiff yesterday.
Bale told reporters to ask Real for an explanation of his turbulent summer but also admitted he is not happy despite being back in favour under Zinedine Zidane.
And Bale even threw his future in Spain into further doubt by claiming there will be ‘more turbulence’ and a conclusion will need to be reached.
Bale said: “I understand that I’m made more of a scapegoat than most, I take it with a pinch of salt even though maybe it’s not all fully fair.
“Towards the end of last season was difficult, there is no denying that, not just for me but for the team. The situation has now changed, U-turned.
“I’m very surprised because I think everyone knows where things were at in terms of me going.
“In football anything is possible. It’s a crazy sport and it’s one of those things that happens that not many people can explain but one or two can.
“I wouldn’t say I’m playing happy but I’m playing now. I’m sure there’ll be plenty more turbulence. Internally we have spoken and things are what they are. I’m professional, I keep my head down.
“The things that happened will stay private with the club. If you want answers, maybe you need to ask Real Madrid. It’s between me and them, and we will have to come to some sort of conclusion.
“I know there was a lot of talk with everybody saying good, bad, whatever they wanted. I don’t listen to anyone because they don’t really know what they are on about.
“Most people don’t know and understand the situation. It didn’t impact on me too much. I had a great summer holiday and didn’t really think about it too much.
“Coming back to pre-season, I knew I had to put the work in for myself wherever I was going to end up.”
Bale is back in Wales, preparing for Friday’s must-win Euro 2020 qualifier versus Azerbaijan in Cardiff.