​​Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has opened up about club teammate Gareth Bale’s struggles off the field, claiming that the Welshman is a loner, while revealing the real reason that he did not attend a dinner recently thrown by club captain Sergio Ramos.

Bale who moved to Madrid in 2013, has been in the Spanish capital for six years now but as claimed by Marcelo he does not know the language and hence has struggled to adapt to the way of life in Spain.

Courtois revealed that the 30-year-old is obsessed with playing golf and the main reason why he did not attend the dinner was as it was way past his bedtime.

“The golfer. It is very hard to describe Gareth in one word. I would say he has so much talent, but that it is such a shame that so often that talent is blocked from shining. I live like somebody who is born and bred in Madrid,” Courtois said as quoted by the ​Mirror.

“I eat late, I go bed late…it is their way of life. The other night we had a dinner with the entire squad. But Bale and (Toni) Kroos did not turn up. They reckoned the dinner was too late at night.

We had arranged to be in the restaurant at 9.30pm and we started out meal around 10.15pm and by midnight we were having coffee.

“We go to bed at around 1am. We have to train every morning at 11am. I think that is a perfect time. But Bale had told us ‘I am not coming to join you, guys. I go to bed at 11.”

Despite his reluctance to adapt to life in Spain, there is no doubt that the Welshman has been a hit at the Bernabeu, with the star netting 100 goals in 218 games while helping the club win one La Liga, one Copa del Rey and four UEFA Champions League titles.


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