Cardiff City Stadium

Next Game

Wales v Bos & Herz

Friday, 10 October 2014, 19:45

European Qualifiers Group B

Last Game

Andorra 1 - 2 Wales

Tuesday, 09 September 2014, 19:45

European Qualifiers Group B

Coleman shrugs off Bale talk

Chris Coleman is more concerned about getting Gareth Bale in a Wales jersey than speculation regarding his future.

Last Updated: 07/08/13 at 13:44 Post Comment

Chris Coleman: Gareth Bale will be crucial to his plans regardless of where he p

Chris Coleman: Gareth Bale will be crucial to his plans regardless of where he p

More of the games that matter

2 years free Sky Broadband Unlimited for Sky Sports customers

Tottenham Hotspur forward Bale has been included in Coleman's 23-man squad for an international friendly date with Republic of Ireland next Wednesday.

He will link up with his international colleagues as rumours regarding a potential record-breaking switch to Real Madrid continue to rage.

Coleman insists any decisions taken at club level hold little interest to him, with it important for him to get Bale - who has been nursing a knock - fit and at the centre of his plans heading forward.

On the likelihood of Bale being involved against Ireland, Coleman told Sky Sports News: "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?

"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."

On the reports suggesting Bale could soon be involved in a mega-money move to Spain, Coleman added: "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. 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.

"All I know is that he is 24 years old, a super player who is only getting better and will get better whether he stays or goes. But my concern is Wales. We are obviously a better team when he is with us and hopefully that will be the same case when we face the Republic of Ireland."

More of the games that matter

2 years free Sky Broadband Unlimited for Sky Sports customers

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

W

eak points? Play like Villa should work easily enough.

plughead80
Ludogorets target 'weaknesses'

T

hose tight polo shirts he's been wearing on the touchline this season make him look like a lady on a golfing holiday.

walter white
Football Managers On TV: Neil Warnock

A

s a great man once said: Nothing ever changes by staying the same.

walter white
Just Put Him Out Of His Misery...

Footer 365

Premier League: West Ham come from behind twice at Hull City to earn 2-2 draw

West Ham twice came from behind to earn a battling 2-2 draw with Hull City in an entertaining clash at the KC Stadium.

Champions League: Martin Skrtel won't play for Liverpool against Ludogorets

Brendan Rodgers has confirmed defender Martin Skrtel will not be risked in Liverpool's return to the Champions League.

Champions League: Arsenal face defensive crisis for Borussia Dortmund trip

Arsenal are facing a defensive crisis ahead of their Champions League opener against Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday.

Mail Box

Woke Up This Morning Feeling Fine...

Man United fans are a more than a tad excited, Liverpool fans are a little depressed and we have mails on Mesut Ozil, Newcastle, Aston Villa and lots more...

Fixing The Mess At Old Trafford

Plenty of conclusions on United's win over QPR and their missing link(s), more Ozil frustration, how Liverpool are like lasagne, as well as a word on Diego Costa's temperament...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property