Bale injury reports are nonsense, says agent

Jonathan Barnett has disputed claims his client failed his Real Madrid medical, while the club's medical chief believes the Welshman's injury is blown out of proportion
Gareth Bale's agent Jonathan Barnett has launched an attack on Spanish newspaper Marca after they claimed the winger had suffered a slipped disc in his back.

The Real Madrid midfielder has yet to feature for a full 90 minutes since becoming the most expensive footballer in history, only turning out in three appearances for Carlo Ancelotti's men.

But Barnett has refuted allegations that Bale, who has been out for almost two weeks with a thigh issue, failed his medical before his €100 million transfer in September due to a slipped disc problem.

"I spoke to a reporter from Marca, I told him: ‘It’s complete rubbish,' and yet they still print it," the agent told La Sexta.

"Whatever they say is a lie.

"He passed the medical, he’s 100 per cent fit, there’s no problem. He’s the most expensive transfer in history; if there was a problem, they [Madrid] would have stopped the transfer.

"How stupid and irresponsible of Marca to have run such a stupid story. There is no problem. He has a slight tear in his thigh, he’ll be fit to play hopefully after the internationals.

"He [Bale] is angry, not sad. He’s angry that a newspaper can write such rubbish. We won’t be speaking to anybody else about this one story and we will never speak about it ever again, it’s complete rubbish."

The 24-year-old has not produced the desired impact in his stint at the Santiago Bernabeu yet, with Ancelotti recently claiming Bale's adaptation was being hampered by injury.

Following Madrid's revelation that Bale suffers from a disc bulge, the head of the Spanish club's medical services has insisted that Madrid have nothing to worry about.
"You have to put chronic disk protrusions in context of the sporting world," Carlos Diez explained to Cadena SER

"The majority of players suffer from them and it makes sense, because we are talking about players competing at the highest level, who suffer more wear and tear than a normal person.

"When Bale had his medical no clinical condition was discovered, just a radiological finding. There’s no threat that he will need surgery.

"Bale played last season in the Premier League without any problems, he’s trained very well with us and we don’t need to give these findings any more importance. 

"Our view was that the player was ready and therefore there was nothing to report to the president [Florentino Perez]."