Jonathan Barnett believes his client’s poor run of form at the Bernabeu is down to his team-mates not giving him enough chances to shine.

Gareth Bale can be better than Cristiano Ronaldo and the rest of his Real Madrid team-mates, according to his agent, who thinks the forward is being restricted by being ignored in matches.

The Wales international has scored in just two of his past 18 Madrid outings, one of which saw his early strike dwarfed by Ronaldo’s five-goal haul in a 9-1 destruction of Granada.

Bale has been criticized by almost everyone – with pundits and Madrid fans alike venting frustration at his recent performances – but his representative thinks the blame lies at the feet of his Santiago Bernabeu colleagues.

“Real Madrid have to work with Gareth and pass the ball to him more,” Jonathan Barnett told The Telegraph. “Give him more of the ball and let him show everybody what he’s good at.

“He’s going to be the best player at Real Madrid when his team-mates work with him and help him. Hopefully Madrid will come to terms with this.

“Most people would have been broken by this form but he is determined. He could have screamed and shouted or knocked on Carlo Ancelotti’s office door but he doesn’t want to upset anyone.

“I spoke to him on Thursday and while he’s obviously pissed off things aren’t going well, he is desperate to get out there again.”

Though the 25-year-old sounds far from content with how life in Spain is treating him right now, Barnett played down rumours linking his client with a return to the Premier League in the upcoming transfer window.

“Every top club in the world would want to sign Bale but he will be at Real Madrid next season,” Barnett insisted.

“There’s no way he is going anywhere in the summer. When we said he always wanted to play for Madrid, it was 100 per cent true and he’s determined to be a success there.”


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