Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale expects his rocky relationship with the Spanish club to experience more turbulence despite a strong start to the campaign after almost leaving them in the close season.
The 30-year-old Welshman was involved in a tense stand-off with Zinedine Zidane during the off-season, with the coach stating he was keen for Bale to leave, although a reported move to Chinese club Jiangsu Suning in July was scrapped.
"I understand I was 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 told Sky Sports ahead of Wales' European qualifier against Azerbaijan on Friday.
"I wouldn't say I'm playing happy but... when I am playing I am professional and always giving all I can, whether that be for club or country.
"I'm sure there'll be plenty more turbulence... I suppose it's something you'll have to speak to Real about and it's between me and them... we'll have to come to some sort of conclusion."