Wales manager Ryan Giggs says Gareth Bale remains in love with football and is more than capable of handling the criticism he has received in recent months.
Bale has been through a somewhat tumultuous time at Real Madrid, with questions over his commitment to the club arising amid form and fitness issues.
He courted controversy last month when he posed with a flag that read: “Wales. Golf. Madrid. In that order,” following his country’s victory over Hungary that sealed a place at Euro 2020.
However, Giggs believes Bale’s vast experience means he can easily deal with any negativity.
“It’s all noise that you can’t control and it’s about blocking out that noise. If you don’t hear it then it’s not going to affect you,” Giggs told Sky Sports News.
“Gareth is at one of the biggest clubs in the world, he’s won four Champions Leagues, he’s been through everything so he can handle it [the criticism].
“A lot of people have sort of questioned his love for the game. He still loves the game and he loves playing it.
“He loves winning, he loves scoring goals, he loves making goals. It’s not a problem to Gareth with the experience he’s got.”