Manchester United legend, Rio Ferdinand, has blasted Real Madrid for their lack of respect toward forward Gareth Bale.
Bale has already confirmed his departure from Real Madrid this summer.
His contract expires at the end of this month as he looks to embark upon a new adventure.
However, Ferdinand has now hit out at Real Madrid for their poor treatment of the Welshman despite his immense contributions to Los Blancos’ success.
Ferdinand said on his YouTube channel: “That is where I think there was a lack of loyalty. I just feel like he’s been painted as this caricature that has been the negative and the bad egg in that dressing room. The guy has put up some of the most iconic moments in Real Madrid history in some of the biggest games that are possible to be had at club level, and he was being ushered out under a blanket and told, ‘Don’t come back.’”
“The lack of respect is unreal, I can’t believe it. If there is fans or whoever that feel a certain way about him, the club should be overriding and saying, ‘No, you come with us, we support you,’ and, ‘What he’s done for us, will never ever be forgotten.’”
He added: “It’s a joke, it’s four Champions Leagues he’s won. I was there against Liverpool, the overhead kick, the geezer was doing stuff that was just like blowing your mind. Maybe it’s because he hasn’t learned the language or he has not totally bought into the culture, I don’t know.
“I think Gareth Bale has been unfairly treated at Real Madrid and they don’t often get it too wrong with these sorts of circumstances.”
Bale won a total of five Champions League trophies, three La Liga titles, the Copa Del Rey, four Club World Cups and three UEFA Super Cups during his time at Real Madrid.