According to Rio Ferdinand, Real Madrid treated Bale poorly despite his immense contributions to the club’s success.
Bale won a total of five Champions League trophies, three La Liga titles, the Copa Del Rey, four Club World Cups and three UEFA Super Cups during his time at the Spanish capital club.
The Welshman has left Real Madrid as a free agent this summer following the expiration of his contract.
Rio Ferdinand stated on his YouTube channel: “That’s where I think there was a lack of loyalty.
“I just feel like he’s been painted as this caricature that has been the negative and the bad egg in that dressing room.
“The guy has put up some of the most iconic moments in Real Madrid history in some of the biggest games that are possible to be had at club level, and he was being ushered out under a blanket and told, ‘Don’t come back.’
“The lack of respect is unreal, I can’t believe it. If there’s fans or whoever that feel a certain way about him, the club should be overriding and saying, ‘No, you come with us, we support you,’ and, ‘What he’s done for us, will never ever be forgotten.’
“It’s a joke, it’s four Champions Leagues he’s won. I was there against Liverpool, the overhead kick, the geezer was doing stuff that was just like blowing your mind.
“Maybe it’s because he hasn’t learned the language or he hasn’t bought in totally to the culture, I don’t know.
“But the club have got to go, ‘No, we don’t win a couple of trophies if he doesn’t play, so please respect that.’
“I think Gareth Bale has been unfairly treated at Real Madrid and they don’t often get it too wrong with them sort of circumstances.”
Gareth Bale joined Real Madrid back in 2013 from Tottenham Hotspur for a then-world record fee of €100 million.
He scored 106 goals and provided 67 assists in 258 appearances for Real Madrid across competitions.