Thursday, 5 September 2013

Bale faces Ozil backlash: Ronaldo leads Real revolt over loss of German playmaker

Gareth Bale has not even stepped on to the Bernabeu pitch following his world-record £86million move, but already trouble is brewing in the Real Madrid dressing room.

The bond Mesut Ozil shared with his Real team-mates was obvious on Wednesday as a series of players voiced their support for the man Bale will replace — not least Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Portuguese superstar is reported to be upset at the loss of Ozil, who was also lauded by Alvaro Arbeloa, Isco and even Barcelona rival Cesc Fabregas.
It is hardly a dream start for Bale, who was even told by Real boss Carlo Ancelotti’s assistant, Englishman Paul Clement, he would have to fight for his place.
Angry: Cristiano Ronaldo has reportedly complained to Portugal team-mates about Mesut Ozil's sale
Bale may have called Ronaldo ‘the boss’ but reports in Spain suggested that had not placated the Portugal forward. Newspaper AS said he told his national team-mates: ‘The sale of Ozil is bad news for me. He was the player who best knew my moves in front of goal. I’m angry about Ozil leaving.’
Isco, who joined Real from Malaga this summer, told Marca Ozil’s sale ‘surprised’ him, while former Liverpool defender Arbeloa said the 24-year-old would be badly missed. ‘It’s a shame,’ he said. ‘It’s a big loss to the dressing room, on a footballing level and on a personal level. There’s no player like him in the world. He makes the difference on the pitch.’
In action:Ozil's departure has been questioned by a host of Real Madrid's top stars
 Tradesoccer this week revealed how the deep affection for Ozil united a disjointed Real squad.
The admiration even stretched to Catalonia. Fabregas told a radio station: ‘I was really surprised by Ozil’s departure. He seemed to me the second-best player at Madrid after Cristiano.’ 

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