Bale has ability to handle move to Madrid – Coleman
CHRIS COLEMAN has no doubt Gareth Bale would be able to handle a move to Real Madrid.
The build-up to tonight's friendly international between Coleman's Wales and the Republic of Ireland has been dominated by Tottenham winger Bale; even though the 24-year-old will play no part in proceedings at Cardiff City Stadium due to a foot injury.
He has made it clear he wants to leave Spurs for the Spanish capital, but chairman Daniel Levy is said to be demanding a fee in excess of the £80million that Real paid Manchester United for Cristiano Ronaldo four years ago.
Bale had told Spanish media who accosted him outside the Welsh team's hotel on Monday: "Now's not the time to talk."
But Coleman, who has spent time on the continent during his managerial career, was more effusive when asked if his star player could fit into life in Spain.
"I have no reservations about how he would handle it," he said. "When you move to another country you have to embrace the culture and you can't expect everybody else to change for you.
"For Gareth as a player wherever he goes he will have to learn the language and the culture, but his ability will always be there.
"His mentality is fine. He is a superstar, he is, he is a super talent, but he is not caught up with that.
"The best players don't stop and think how well they have just done, they are always striving. How can I do better? How can I improve?
"That's why the best stay there for so long, players like him and Ryan Giggs don't care about how much money they have got, what fancy car he's driving, or what big house he is living in or the stardom of it.
"It is all about being on the pitch and producing because they love football, genuinely."
On the field, the meeting with the Republic is preparation for upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Macedonia and Serbia.
Welsh hopes of reaching Brazil are all but over thanks to a poor start to their Group A campaign.