Rather than worry about Gareth Bale’s future at Tottenham Hotspur, Chris Coleman, the manager of the Wales national team, is focused on getting the best from the Real Madrid target against the Republic of Ireland, Sky
Bale has been named in Coleman’s 23-man squad for the match and Coleman expects Bale to report for international duty regardless of the status of his proposed transfer – even though an injury has meant Bale’s pre-season preparations have been limited amid the hive of transfer activity surrounding him.
“We know he hasn’t done a lot of pre-season, but there’s a lot going on with the on-off transfer – is he, is he not going to go?,” Coleman said, adding: “ As a nation we pick our strongest squad and obviously Gareth is in that.
“Until we are told otherwise, we are looking forward to seeing Gareth next week when we all meet up in Cardiff prior to the Ireland game. Until we’re told otherwise, we expect to see Gareth.”
Coleman went on to say that the player’s club was none of his concern – his only interest in the matter is how it might possibly effect Wales and, as long as Bale is playing regularly, Coleman has no worries.
“I don’t really get involved in that. If a player is going to get a transfer, that’s nothing to do with me really,” the former Fulham boss said. “Albeit, if he does go, he will probably be the most expensive player in history.
“As far as I’m concerned, and as far as we’re concerned as a nation, Gareth’s a Welsh player and he’s an important Welsh player whether he is playing his football in England, Spain or wherever.
“I suppose you could look at it and think that if he plays in Spain, physically he will probably be in better condition when he comes and plays the international games because the Premier League is very, very demanding. But it will be up to Gareth and Tottenham Hotspur whether he goes.”
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