Gareth Bale’s time at Real Madrid has been dogged by constant rumours of unhappiness, squad discord, and possible departures.
And now the Independent claim that some of the Welshman’s teammates actually refuse to pass to him.
Marcelo and James Rodriguez are close to Cristiano Ronaldo, and apparently go out of their way to avoid giving the ball to Bale, leaving him uninvolved on the wing.
Rafa Benitez moved the former Tottenham man into a more central position to get the best out of him, hoping for performances like those Bale produced in a similar role in his final season in North London.
But despite a solid contribution throughout his time in the Spanish capital, Bale is still forced to play second fiddle to an aging Cristiano Ronaldo.