Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibuat Courtois has defended teammate Gareth Bale over questions regarding his commitment to the club.
Bale posed with a Welsh flag which read 'Wales. Golf. Madrid. In that order.' following their qualification for Euro 2020 last week.
Wales. Golf. Madrid. In that order.— Scott Saunders (@_scottsaunders) November 20, 2019
Gareth Bale’s pretty happy to be receiving the flag
Spanish press reacted furiously to this, and whistles aimed at Bale during Madrid's 3-1 win over Real Sociedad on Saturday registered at 87 decibels, according an article in Diario AS via The Spanish Football Podcast.
"It's normal for someone to love their country - and that doesn't change even when you move somewhere else," Courtois said, as quoted by AS.
"He took the mickey a bit [with the flag] - he must of got carried away in the euphoria of the moment and obviously he was very happy - but he shows us that he is fully committed, every day he gives his best - he is a complete professional.
"He was fully involved in Saturday's game as soon as he came on and he created a lot of danger. It was from his cross that Modric scored. If he wasn't bothered, he wouldn't play like that.
"We're here to win games. What happened, happened with his national team. Gareth gives everything in every training session and every game and he helps us to win. The Bernabeu have their opinion and it's not for me to comment on that.
"We knew it [whistling] could happen. Like the rest of the team, I was focused only on the game. Obviously you can hear it, but we were in a very tense game and while you can hear it, you aren't aware of what the Bernabeu are whistling about. We know the public is very critical and always want us to be at 100%."
Madrid face Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League on Tuesday out for revenge after losing 3-0 at Parc des Princes on matchday one, and Courtois admitted that the French champions have shown an interest in him in the past.
"I've got a lot of respect for them, they're a great side," he said. "When I was at Chelsea, PSG enquired about me but I was focused on returning to Madrid. You never know what will happen in the future, but I don't think anything will happen in the near future. I'm very happy in Madrid".