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Gibson: Bale must find Tottenham form to retain Real Madrid status

Terry Gibson believes Gareth Bale needs to improve his game out of sight to maintain his current position at Real Madrid.

The Welsh winger, 25, has been heavily criticised in recent times for not getting involved enough for the European champions and Gibson feels he has to rediscover the Tottenham form that landed him a £85.3million I the summer of 2013.

"Bale's not helping himself in terms of getting in positions," ex-Spurs and Manchester United forward Gibson told La Liga Podcast.

"It can happen in some games where the wide player doesn't get the service, but it won't happen at Real Madrid.

"With (Toni) Kroos, (Luka) Modric and Isco in midfield, there's enough to suggest you're going to get the ball.

"Bale has to do more. It's slightly irritating seeing such an athletic, supremely gifted footballer on the periphery of the game. He does need to get involved a lot more.

"At Spurs, he had that free role where he was allowed to drift to go and get the ball. Saying that, the players at Spurs were happy to give him the ball whenever possible.

"It's something that has crept up on Real Madrid and Bale that he is not involved in the game as much as they'd like and certainly not as much as he would like.

"But he's going to have to resolve that situation, he's going to have to be more demanding of the ball from his team-mates, or go into midfield and get it.

"Get himself in a position where he is not on the fringes of the game."

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