​Gareth Bale left the Santiago Bernabeu early during Saturday's El Clasico defeat against Barcelona after being substituted mid-way through the second half.

The Wales international has been at the centre of headlines in recent weeks, after several of his Madrid teammates revealed their frustrations at seeing Bale unwilling to adapt to the Spanish lifestyle.


At the weekend, the 29-year-old was handed a starting berth in the ​La Liga clash against Barcelona, but after an uninspiring performance, was hauled off just after the hour mark, and was promptly whistled by the home fans at the Bernabeu.

According to Spanish publication ​MARCA, after spending a few minutes on the bench, the Welshman set off for the dressing room and proceeded to go home, well before the end of the full-time whistle.

The latest incident involving Bale comes on the back of reports earlier last week that ​Real president Florentino Perez had already decided that he was going to offload the former Tottenham star in the upcoming summer transfer window.

MARCA's report further adds that Santiago Solari's decision to start the 29-year-old against the Catalan giants was 'not expected by the majority of the group'.

The report added that the 'distance between the Welshman and his teammates continues to grow and many players did not understand his inclusion in the starting eleven'.

As well as suggestions that ​Bale has isolated himself from the resting of the dressing room, after his goal against Levante last week, the forward appeared to shrug off teammate Lucas Vasquez during his celebration.


Having seemingly been identified as the heir to Cristiano Ronaldo's throne following the latter's departure to Juventus, Bale has struggled to replicate the Portuguese's form, and it appears increasingly likely that he will depart the Bernabeu at the end of the current campaign.