Strange words coming from Van der Vaart this time, saying Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale needs to become an a**hole inorder to succeed in the famous Spanish white outfits.
Bale has come under severe criticism, and has been rumoured to exit the Los Blancos following Zinedine Zidane’s return to the Bernabau dugout.
However, Van der Vaart is backing the Welshman to regain top form, and has advised the winger to become an a**hole inorder to do just that.
“It’s strange, but in Holland we say that sometimes you need to be an a***hole,” Van der vaart told the Evening Standard.
“You can also be a positive a***hole. He’s worth €100m – they paid a lot of money and he has to do it. In his last year at Spurs, he took every free-kick, he decided everything.
“That’s what he has to do now. I realise it’s difficult, because you have so many good players, but he should do it more.”
“Gareth is an amazing player but he’s a person that has to feel the confidence. He has to feel he is welcome.
“But I know Real is a difficult club if you don’t perform. It doesn’t matter if you’re [Cristiano ]Ronaldo, Bale or Van der Vaart — they’ll throw you out after just one year.
“You have to deal with it, and I don’t know if he can do that. I know him as a person and, with a Spurs hat, I always hope he’ll say, ‘Okay, I’ll come back’.
“I don’t think it’s going to happen, but that would be a nice story.”
Following Zinedine Zidane’s return, Real Madrid are set to under go a massive overhaul, and one name that has been mentioned a couple of times is Spurs’ Christian Eriksen. However, whilst Van der Vaart agrees he is a great player, the ex Los Blancos star has some reservations for the Denmark international.