Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale has the mental strength to deal with being booed by disgruntled Real Madrid supporters, according to Wales manager Chris Coleman.
The winger joined Los Blancos from Tottenham Hotspur last year for a world-record fee of €100 million and enjoyed a fine finish to his first year in Spain, scoring a sensational winner in the Santiago Bernabeu outfit’s Spanis Copa del Rey scoring a sensational winner in UEFA Champions’ League final.
However, despite scoring 14 times in 31 appearances so far this season, the Wales international has been targeted by the capital city’s club’s fans in recent weeks for his allegedly selfish play and inconsistent form.
However, Coleman is in no doubt that the 25-year-old can deal with being whistled and jeered by his own club’s supporters.
“He can handle that no problem at all,” he told BBC Sport.
“I’m not worried about him.”
“If you go to Madrid for that amount of money and you know that the spotlight is on you then you can either handle it or you can’t handle it.”
“In his first season they won the Champions League, which was their holy grail – and he was a huge part of that campaign.”
“It’s his turn now to get some criticism. It won’t bother him. He’ll be fine. He’ll get through it.”