The Wales international's Bernabeu career has stuttered somewhat over the past 12 months due to niggling injury issues, producing another below-par display from the bench in the 1-1 home draw against Levante at the weekend.
Speaking to El Pais, however, the 28-year-old once again stressed that he is happy with life in the Spanish capital.
"None of it [bothers me]. It's all opinions. They have to sell newspapers in some way and have to write something," he said. "So I'm used to people writing good and bad things. I don't care too much. I hope the best is yet to come. Yes, there have been great moments and others, not so much.
"On the one hand, it's easy now to say that [last season] I should have rested more. But when you've been injured for three months and you see your teammates play you really want to come back and that's what I did.
"I had to take a lot of painkillers to play. And yes, now I think I should have taken more time to recuperate so I could have played much better and been able to do all those things that, with the ankle pain, I wasn't able to do. If I could go back, I would have taken more time to recover."
In five competitive outings for Spanish champions Madrid this season, Bale has managed two assists and one goal.