Gareth Bale insists he has been made a scapegoat by Real Madrid following a turbulent summer transfer window.
The Wales international came close to leaving the Bernabeu after head coach Zinedine Zidane made it clear that he was not in his plans.
But the 30-year-old’s proposed summer move to Chinese Super League side Jiangsu Suning collapsed at the last minute, meaning he remained at Real.
Bale, who is contracted until 2022 at the Bernabeu, has remained quiet but opened up on the matter after arriving for international duty with Wales.
He says he remains unsettled at the Spanish club and claims that there will be “more turbulence” to come and a conclusion will need to be reached.
“I understand that I’m made more of a scapegoat than most, I take it with a pinch of salt even though maybe it’s not all fully fair,” Bale said ahead of Wales’ European Qualifier against Azerbaijan.
“Towards the end of last season was difficult, there is no denying that, not just for me but for the team. The situation has now changed, U-turned.
“I’m very surprised because I think everyone knows where things were at in terms of me going.
“In football anything is possible. It’s a crazy sport and it’s one of those things that happens that not many people can explain but one or two can.
“I wouldn’t say I’m playing happy but I’m playing now. I’m sure there’ll be plenty more turbulence. Internally we have spoken and things are what they are. I’m professional, I keep my head down.
“The things that happened will stay private with the club. If you want answers, maybe you need to ask Real Madrid. It’s between me and them, and we will have to come to some sort of conclusion.”
“I know there was a lot of talk with everybody saying good, bad, whatever they wanted. I don’t listen to anyone because they don’t really know what they are on about.
“Most people don’t know and understand the situation. It didn’t impact on me too much. I had a great summer holiday and didn’t really think about it too much.
“Coming back to pre-season, I knew I had to put the work in for myself wherever I was going to end up.”