Sunday 23 October 2016

Coleman expects Bale to stay and fight for place at Bernabeu

Wales boss Chris Coleman expects his star man Gareth Bale to stay at Real Madrid and insists his relationship with the Spanish giants will not be harmed by Carlo Ancelotti's departure as manager.

Bale (right), the world's most expensive player after joining Real from Tottenham in 2013 for £85.3million, enjoyed a spectacular first season in Madrid with match-winning goals in the Copa del Rey and Champions League finals.

But the Welshman's second season has proved far from plain sailing as he has been jeered by Real fans and attacked in the Spanish media, and he lost a great ally on Monday night when Ancelotti was sacked after two seasons in charge at the Bernabeu.

Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United have all been linked with bringing Bale back to the Premier League this summer but Coleman - on naming a 23-man squad to take on Belgium in Euro 2016 qualifying next month - said: "I don't expect Gareth's position to change. You can't say Real didn't win a trophy because of Gareth and the president (Florentino Perez) thinks a lot of him.

"Unless Gareth wants to leave, which I don't think is the case, then I don't think he'll go anywhere."

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