Spanish press claim it’s taken ‘nine years’ for Gareth Bale to speak the language ‘almost perfectly’

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‘It has taken nine years to hear Gareth Bale speak Spanish well’: Press in Spain react to the Welshman’s ‘almost perfect’ message to Los Angeles FC fans after claims he failed to learn the language in nearly a decade at Real Madrid

  • Gareth Bale was presented to LAFC fans on Friday after signing from Real Madrid
  • He also recorded a video message for the MLS club’s Spanish Twitter account
  • It caught the eye of Marca, who criticized Bale for not learning Spanish in Madrid
  • The publication described the Welshman as a ‘blood-sucking parasite’ in March
  • Bale has previously hit back at suggestions that he could not speak Spanish

Gareth Bale may have finally exited Real Madrid, but he continues to infuriate the Spanish press with his every waking move.

The Welshman’s nine-year stint at the Bernabeu came to an end last month and he has signed for MLS side Los Angeles FC on a one-year deal with the potential for an 18-month extension.

He touched down on the west coast yesterday and was presented to the LAFC fans ahead of the club’s 3-2 derby win over LA Galaxy at a sold-out Banc of California stadium.

Gareth Bale recorded a video message for LAFC's Spanish-language Twitter account

Gareth Bale recorded a video message for LAFC’s Spanish-language Twitter account

Beforehand, Bale recorded a video message in Spanish for LAFC’s Spanish-language Twitter account. There is a large Latino community in Los Angeles, while many of the club’s players speak the language such as Carlos Vela.

‘Hello Los Angeles,’ Bale said. ’32:52. I’m here in Los Angeles. See you at the game tonight.’

It caught the eye of Spanish outlet Marca, who were regular tormentors of Bale throughout his time in Madrid.

One of their consistent criticisms of the 32-year-old was that he supposedly refused to learn Spanish. The publication is therefore now pretty disgruntled that he is speaking the language as soon as he has left the country.

Bale was presented to the LAFC fans on Friday night ahead of their derby clash with LA Galaxy

Bale was presented to the LAFC fans on Friday night ahead of their derby clash with LA Galaxy

The Welshman was then seen cheering his new teammates on from the stands as they won 3-2

The Welshman was then seen cheering his new teammates on from the stands as they won 3-2

In an article headlined ‘Bale goes to the United States to speak Spanish’, Marca wrote that he spoke the language in ‘almost perfect’ fashion and that ‘it has taken nine years to hear Gareth Bale speak Spanish well’.

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The Welsh international slammed the publication when they described him as a blood-sucking ‘parasite’ earlier this year.

Journalist Manuel Julia Dorado, writing in a column for the sports paper, said: ‘The Bale parasite came from the cold and rainy Britannia. He settled in Spain, at Real Madrid, where, masked, he first showed diligence and love for the guest, but then his nature led him to suck blood without giving anything in return. Well, more than blood, he sucked, and sucks, the club’s euros.’

Marca launched an astonishing attack on Bale earlier this year, branding him a 'parasite'

Marca launched an astonishing attack on Bale earlier this year, branding him a ‘parasite’

The then Real Madrid star was also accused of 'sucking' the club's money in the stunning rant

The then Real Madrid star was also accused of ‘sucking’ the club’s money in the stunning rant

After scoring twice in Wales’ 2-1 win over Austria in the World Cup play-off semi-final, Bale said of the attack: ‘I don’t need to send a message, it’s a waste of my time, it’s disgusting. They should be ashamed of themselves.’

In an interview with The Times last year, Bale hit back at the suggestion that he had not been bothered to learn Spanish.

‘I speak well enough to get by and I understand everything that’s going on,’ he said. ‘The press were upset because I didn’t speak to say. And I didn’t speak to them in Spanish.

‘So they obviously create this big drama, this big soap opera that I can’t do this and I can’t do that.’

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