Italian Coach Carlo Ancelotti has said that an argument with Wales star Gareth Bale forced him out of the Real Madrid manager position. He claimed the forward was ‘selfish’ in how he behaved in 2015.
Ancelotti arrived at Real around the same time as the Welshman was arriving for a then world record fee. Initially, things went well with the duo winning the club’s 10th European Cup as Bale scored in the final. But it was a disagreement between them that forced Ancelotti out of the club just one year later, he claims.
“If there is something that drives me crazy it is selfishness, when a player has to pass the ball and does not pass it.” Ancelotti told ‘Il Napolista.
The Italian claims that he substituted Bale for this behaviour. Bale refused to pass the ball to Benzema in a match against Valencia. Instead, he shot and missed. Ancelotti subbed him off. The result was a massive argument with President Florentino Perez, who had sanctioned Bale’s initial world record move.
Likewise, rumours persist that Zidane resigned last year because Perez refused to sell Bale, claiming, like Ancelotti, that the player was too selfish. When the Welsh forward came off the bench in the Champions League final to score 2 goals, maybe Perez’s head was turned.
Bale has been the subject of scrutiny recently. The forward refused the celebrate after scoring a late penalty against Levant on Sunday and never joined his team mates following the success. His coach, Santiago Solari, is treading very carefully, saying he can ‘celebrate goals however he likes.”