Ryan Giggs insists he will take no risks over the fitness of Gareth Bale, despite the commercial pressures to play the Real Madrid forward at the China Cup.
The 28-year-old is expected to play some part in Thursday’s opener against tournament hosts China – possibly from the bench – as Giggs takes charge of Wales for the first time.
Asked if there were financial pressures to play Bale – it is understood the Football Association of Wales would lose £100,000 of their reported £1million participation fee if he did not feature in the tournament, Giggs replied:
“Yes, of course. But any risks, stupid risks, I won’t be taking. But it’s also my first game and I want to get my best team out there.
“The relationship with all the clubs is important, I’ve not spoken to Zidane, but I’ve spoken to Gareth.
“I’ve been in contact with him regularly in the last few months and I’m not stupid because it’s an important part of the season.”
Meet the @Chrisgunter16 superfans in China… ❤️
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— BBC Sport Wales (@BBCSportWales) March 21, 2018