Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has explained that Gareth Bale straining his thigh during a warm up yesterday was probably down to the stress the player went through over the summer. It was clear that Bale wanted to move to La Liga with Real Madrid but Tottenham didn't let him go until the end of the transfer window. Bale had been pulled out of Tottenham games and not turned up for training and was therefore behind with his fitness but he's been in full training with Real Madrid since he joined and this wouldn't have been his first match.
Ancelotti is quoted by The Guardian as saying "I think that the pre-season was very unusual and not just in the physical aspect but also the mental aspect; he has waited a long time [to join Madrid]. I think that is the problem. He played 60 minutes against Villarreal and 30 against Galatasaray and we were working to improve his physical condition."
It is Real Madrid who decided he would play those games despite not being fully fit and Carlo Ancelotti may have been under pressure to select his expensive new signing as soon as possible, given the controversy surrounding his signing and the sale of German international Mesut Ozil. If Real Madrid have rushed Bale then it can hardly be Tottenham's fault that he's picked up an injury three weeks after being paraded by the Spanish club.
Luka Modric last year blamed his summer transfer saga for a poor start with Real Madrid, he'd been through a similar situation as Gareth Bale and also not turned up for Tottenham training. Perhaps players will learn that pre-season isn't just for show and no matter how appealing it may be to skip it, it will cause damage in the long run.
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I think a lot of fellow Tottenham supporters like myself would agree, We couldn't care less what those lying cheating fools think. They wanted to drag the situation out by not paying the appropriate fee, they are entirely to blame, yet as usual point the finger elsewhere.Both situations were the same, endless haggling by the buyers after agreeing an initial price.