Barcelona Also discussed Bale’s situation at Real Madrid
Former Spain and Real Madrid head coach Vicente del Bosque went on Spanish television on Wednesday night, where he discussed many topics, including Neymar, Gareth Bale, Los Blancos and La Roja.
The Neymar saga has dominated the summer, but ultimately the Paris Saint-Germain forward will have to stay in the French capital, rather than return to Barcelona. However, Del Bosque thinks it could be a blessing in disguise for the Blaugrana.
“I think it would have been good for LaLiga if he came, but if I were a club, I wouldn’t sign him,” Del Bosque said on the TV show Estudio Estadio.
“Just like I say he’s a wonderful player, I don’t like him for other things [he gets up to].
“With Barcelona, they had to regulate his behaviour [during his time at the club]. If you did a survey amongst Barcelona‘s supporters, there would surely be more than 50 percent reluctant to see him come back.”
Another saga that failed to find a resolution is that of Gareth Bale. Zinedine Zidane did his best to move on the Welshman, but a lack of offers – added to the fact a move to China fell through – has led to Bale being reintegrated into Los Blancos‘ squad.
“Maybe it wasn’t strange [that Zidane wanted to get rid of Bale] because if the player’s behaviour was not right… No one thought that he was bad [as a player], just that he hadn’t adapted to Madrid,” Del Bosque noted.
“Very few people deny his quality. I think he’s going to perform well for them because he’s a very good player.”
When discussing Real Madrid as a whole, Del Bosque points to the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo as the moment things started to go downhill.
“[Luka] Modric, [Toni] Kroos, Marcelo and Cristiano Ronaldo have been key for Real Madrid in the last few years,” he stated.
“We have realised, including me, that something has happened since [Cristiano‘s] departure.”
The former Spain boss also took time to discuss the current incumbent, Robert Moreno, and he is optimistic about what is to come. In mid-June, Moreno replaced Luis Enrique after he stood down as La Roja head coach to deal with the health of his nine-year-old daughter Xana, who sadly passed away on August 29.
“[The Spanish Football Federation] have searched for a solution to an uncomfortable situation,” Del Bosque added.
“He is a prepared coach, with knowledge, who has learned a lot under Luis Enrique. He is going to be a good continuation of him.
“All of the coaches who have been in the Federation for some time have qualities but none of them have the experience that he will have had as Luis Enrique‘s assistant.”