Bale has had a good season – Ancelotti

The Italian has again defended the winger, but acknowledged he has suffered as the entire team have encountered difficulties in recent months

Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti insists Gareth Bale has had a good season despite his recent dip in form.

The winger has been booed by his own supporters after suffering a crisis of confidence, particularly during the two legs of the club’s Champions League semi-final defeat to Juventus.

Bale’s future has subsequently been brought into question, but Ancelotti offered an evaluation of his contribution over the whole campaign rather than just the last few weeks.

“Gareth Bale had a good performance this season,” he said at a press conference.

“It is difficult to assess a season from a player who had little problems, but has become more accustomed to playing with the team. He surprised most in the first year which was key. This season he has had problems, but the same ones the team has had.”

Ancelotti also praised Toni Kroos and James Rodriguez for making a swift adaptation to life at Madrid following summer moves from Bayern Munich and Monaco respectively.

“The squad is very competitive. New players have come in and offered a very high level of performance – Kroos and James.

“In the winter we brought in Lucas Silva, but he is also a player for the future and he has endured a normal template of adaptation.”

The former Milan boss also praised Castilla coach Zinedine Zidane for producing a reserve side with talent ready to challenge for a place in the first team.

“Zidane has done his job. We are well stocked with promising players in the Castilla.”