Wales manager Chris Coleman has said the national team need to come to an agreement with Real Madrid over the amount of games Gareth Bale plays for his country, the
Bale moved to Madrid from Tottenham Hotspur over the summer for a world record fee and made his first Wales start in eight months in Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Finland. Wales have further friendlies planned for later in the season and Coleman believes Wales need to make a concession to Bale’s club and not pick the midfielder for all three fixtures lined up.
“There will be pressure from Madrid for him not to come with us,” Coleman said. “It’s important we are not dogmatic about it. They will bite us on the backside in the end.
“For the bigger picture it might be worth us saying: ‘Just miss this one.’ It depends on when the game is. It depends on what we have got coming up and they have got coming up,” he added.
Bale has overcome a handful of injuries in recent months but Coleman feels that letting Bale sit out a friendly even if he is fit would be in everyone’s best interests. “If we were away and he’d had a lot of football and he was tired, even if he was fit that could be a conversation we have,” the manager continued.
“To be fair to him, in my two years Gareth missed Mexico because of his back, but he was there for games against Bosnia and Austria. He’s playing a lot of games in Madrid. We have to look at it long term as well. As much as we need him, we need to look after him as well.”
Coleman also revealed he and the Wales staff would travel to Madrid to meet with officials from Bale’s club in an effort to build the relationship between the two camps. Bale, meanwhile, has made 12 appearances for club and country this season, scoring four goals – all for his club.
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