Former Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon has claimed that Gareth Bale will have to win over the club’s “volatile” fans if he is to perform well on his return to Spain.
Bale confirmed on Tuesday that he will return to Madrid at the end of the season following his Tottenham loan spell. The 31-year-old turned heads across Europe last September by leaving the Spanish capital for a London return.
While he struggled for fitness earlier in the campaign, he has shown a resurgence in recent weeks; the Wales international has scored two goals and assisted two others in six Premier League appearances.
Bale partly moved back to England because of a fractured relationship with Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane. However, the sour relationship with Los Blancos fans also played its part.
Therefore, Calderon insisted that Bale will still find it tough to win back support, even if his form has improved.
“Fans are very volatile, it depends on his performances,” the former chief told talkSPORT.
“If he’s going to play well and score goals like he did when he came then fans will back him.
“But if he’s not then problems will come again.
“This club is very demanding, I remember with Zidane they were booing him for the first five months because they thought we’ve paid a lot of money for a player that wasn’t playing as they expected.
“I’m sure fans will be backing him if he does things well.”
Bale return not without its problems
Bale’s relationship with Madrid may be one talking point, but his season back at Spurs has not gone without negative press.
The winger arrived with injury and took a while to get back up to speed. However, he continued to struggle for minutes, leading to claims of a disagreement between the player and manager Jose Mourinho.
Mourinho has insisted that he needed to treat the Welshman’s fitness carefully. However, Calderon believes that there are deeper issues at play.
“He’s not happy about his time at Tottenham and Mourinho doesn’t seem to be very happy either,” Calderon added.
“He’s not counting on him in many matches and Bale is disappointed and maybe that’s the reason he would like to return.”