GARETH BALE has been told to forget any thoughts of Bale-ing out of Real Madrid.
And the advice comes from another Welsh star who made the big move to Spain - but flopped.
Stoke manager and former Wales boss Mark Hughes left the security of Manchester United for Barcelona in 1986 and admits he went with the wrong attitude.
Hughes relates to the criticism £86m world record buy Bale is getting, but insists he should stick it out.
Hughes had one tricky season with Barca and then spent a year on loan at Bayern Munich before returning to Manchester United.
Bale has come in for heavy criticism this season and all eyes will be on him at the Bernabeu tonight as Real try to overturn a 2-1 defeat against Juventus to clinch a Champions League final spot.
Trailing Barcelona by four points with two to play Real are as good as out of the Spanish title race making the Champions League their only real hope of silverware.
Bale was heavily criticised for a tepid first leg display in Turin but Hughes says he won't need telling.
"If we're being honest and he'll probably be honest with himself, he'd have liked to have affected the game (first-leg) more than he was able to," said Hughes.
"But you have to factor in the quality of the opposition and realise he was playing an in-form team on the night. They understood the threat he posed and did something about that.
"Sometimes you've got to give credit to the opposition for doing a good job on him on the night.
"He's an outstanding man and an outstanding player. He's proven that over a long period of time now, both here and in Spain."
Hughes added: "At the moment he's coming in for some criticism but that's par for course at Real Madrid and I'm sure he's getting used to that."
But with Manchester United and Chelsea rumoured to be ready to end Bale's spell in Spain, Hughes reckons coming home would be a mistake.
He said: "I probably went to Barcelona with the wrong attitude. I was saying to myself I'll go over there for a year, maybe two years and then I'll get myself back home which was totally the wrong approach.
"Maybe that was the wrong way to go about it. I think Gareth has every intention to stay out there as long as he can and he is right to do so.
"When you get the opportunity to go to a club such as Barcelona or Real Madrid you've got to go with the intention that you're going to try and stay there for as long as you can until they actually kick you out of the door."
He added: "If you have a good support network, which by all accounts Gareth has over there, I'd say stay as long as you can because you'll look back and think what a great experience that was.
"It shapes you as a person, as an individual and that shouldn't be underestimated, in your later years as well."