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Tuesday 24 October 2017

Smile is back on Gareth Bale's face after Real testing time

Gareth Bale in training for Wales
Gareth Bale in training for Wales

A smiling Gareth Bale put his Real Madrid woes behind him as he enjoyed the company of his Wales team mates preparing for a crucial Euro 2016 qualifier against Israel on Saturday.

Smiles have been in short supply for Real's world-record signing in the Spanish capital recently as his form has attracted mounting criticism from fans and media.

But training with Wales in his home town Cardiff yesterday, Bale looked relaxed and ready to help his country qualify for a tournament finals for the first time since 1958.

His Welsh colleagues have welcomed him back with open arms. They are bemused by the criticism he is receiving. "I can't believe he is getting stick. Just look at his record and performances," fellow forward Simon Church said. "But it's part of being one of the best players in the world.

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