Thibaut Courtois has revealed that Wales forward Gareth Bale is a bit of an outcast at Real Madrid.
Courtois only joined the La Liga giants in the summer from Chelsea but he has already seen that Bale does not always interact with the squad.
Bale has often received criticism for not living up to his then world-record £85million price-tag in 2013 and Courtois has suggested he is not very popular in the dressing room.
Courtois when asked to describe Bale in one word in an interview with Belgian newspaper HLN, he answered: ‘The golfer.’
Courtois explained: ‘It is very hard to describe Gareth in one word.
‘I would say he has so much talent, but that it is such a shame that so often that talent is blocked from shining.’
He added: ‘I live like somebody who is born and bred in Madrid. I eat late, I go bed late…it is their way of life.
‘The other night we had a dinner with the entire squad. But Bale and (Toni) Kroos did not turn up. They reckoned the dinner was too late at night.
‘We had arranged to be in the restaurant at 9.30pm and we started our meal around 10.15pm and by midnight we were having coffee.
‘We go to bed at around 1am. We have to train every morning at 11am. I think that is a perfect time.
‘But Bale had told us “I am not coming to join you, guys. I go to bed at 11”.’
Another of Bale’s Madrid colleagues Marcelo said this week that Bale has barely learned any Spanish.