Next Game

Cyprus v Wales

Thursday, 03 September 2015, 19:45

European Qualifiers Group B

Cardiff City Stadium

Last Game

Wales 1 - 0 Belgium

Friday, 12 June 2015, 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

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

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

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

Y

ou can't blame De Gea for wanting to leave, he has enough to do in front of goal as it is as well as taking on the role of Man Utd's version of Derek Acorah in trying to contact and organise a defence that isn't there.

rodger's gusset
Van Gaal downbeat on De Gea

I

f you want to take six points off Arsenal, then that's a great strike force. Can't imagine either of them showing much for the rest of the season though...

foot in mouth
Adebayor & Berbatov: You Have To Admire The Balls

L

ooks like Real get their man, most likely at their own valuation, yet again. Resistance is futile.

paul7702
Van Gaal downbeat on De Gea

Footer 365

Digne agent denies Liverpool talks

Lucas Digne's agent has denied reports he has held talks with Liverpool regarding a move to Anfield for the Paris Saint-Germain left-back.

Mourinho scuppered Reds' Costa move

A new biography has revealed how Jose Mourinho scuppered Liverpool's bid to sign Diego Costa - a year before he arrived in west London.

Ramos 'extends' Real Madrid contract

Manchester United's pursuit of Sergio Ramos is over after the centre-back agreed a new contract extension at Real Madrid.

Mail Box

De Gea Disrespectful? Remember RVP...

We got dozens of mails from people pointing and laughing at Brian D for suggesting David de Gea has acted disrespectfully; we printed some. And there's more...

Getting Tired Of De Gea's Disrespect

One Manchester United fan is growing weary of David de Gea's disrespect. Plus thoughts on Southampton's summer, Balotelli loan, and Depay in the centre. Why?

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company