Casemiro has called on Real Madrid fans to stop whistling Gareth Bale, saying: “When you whistle a player like that, you whistle the history of this club.”
Bale was booed on Saturday when he came on in the 74th minute in Madrid’s 2-0 LaLiga win over Getafe, in his first appearance at the Bernabeu since February 2020.
The attacker has only played five times for Madrid in the league this season. Fans were upset when he was declared unfit for the team Classico clash with Barcelona last month, only to start for Wales — scoring twice in a World Cup play-off with Austria — four days later.
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“If you whistle one player, you whistle us all,” midfielder Casemiro told a press conference Monday ahead of Madrid’s Champions League quarter-final with Chelsea. “Football is about opinions, everyone has his own, but I don’t agree when a player in my team is whistled. We are all on the same side, we have to support him.”
Bale’s contract with Madrid expires this summer, ending a nine-year sojourn in Spain, during which he won four Champions League titles – scoring in the 2014 and 2018 finals – but also faced criticism for his injury record and alleged priority of his national team.
The 32-year-old was also criticized in the Spanish media, declaring their coverage “disgusting” after he was labeled a “parasite” by Marca newspaper after the Madrid game. Classico loss.
“I didn’t like the whistles for Bale last,” added Casemiro. “He is a historic player for this club. He has scored a lot of important goals for this club. When you whistle a player like that, you whistle the history of this club. I didn’t like it. supports.”
Madrid defended a 3-1 lead at the Bernabeu on Tuesday after Karim Benzema scored a hat-trick in the first leg at Stamford Bridge last week.
The France international has scored 11 Champions League goals this season, his best ever score, in addition to his 24 goals in LaLiga.
“Right now, Karim represents what a modern striker should be,” Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti said on Monday. “In the past, a striker was someone who waited in the penalty area to shoot.
“Karim is what modern football demands of a striker these days. It’s not just about shooting and scoring, but also helping the team, doing defensive work. In my opinion he is the perfect representation of what a striker should be these days .”