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Monday 21 August 2017

Trap: no player can be worth £100m

Ireland boss pours scorn on the fee Madrid are bidding for Bale

Gareth Bale
Gareth Bale

GIOVANNI Trapattoni has dreamed big dreams throughout his career and has been paid remarkably well along the way but even he admits he has been brought up short by the idea of any club paying £100million for Gareth Bale.

"No player is worth £100m," said Trapattoni. "But of course there's the media and the agents and the more you talk about the famous player, the bigger his value becomes."

Trapattoni pointed a finger firmly towards the Middle East and explained why so much is no being spent on players – tracing back to his own days as Juventus manager when Fiat magnate Gianni Agnelli was the owner of the Turin giants.

"The sheikhs have petroleum and they have very, very much money. I had Agnelli and he has a lot of money but when these situations arose, I couldn't spend such a big lump of money on one player.

"This money for me," said Trap, eyes wide. "There is no player valued at this money but reporters, media, they can spend money because it's not their money."

"One man cannot win a game on his own. Players like Bale, also (Lionel) Messi, (Cristiano) Ronaldo, Pelé, (Johan) Cruyff. All of these players need a team around them."

NO CERTAINTY

There is no certainty about Bale's availability to play against Ireland after Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas revealed he is currently struggling with a sore foot.

"He has been called up for his national team for a friendly match against the Republic of Ireland and the only thing we can do is make information available to the Welsh FA," said Villas-Boas.

"If he gets to a fixture available to play it is because he hasn't felt pain. He is training on his own."

With a new season about to start and Trapattoni just one defeat away from disaster, he said very little about his own players but was happy to talk about Bale and a range of other subjects including the proposal to shift the 2022 World Cup finals in Qatar to a winter date.

"It is not easy to do this and it is a FIFA controversy. The English and European leagues, I don't know how they would reach a compromise because a very great compromise will be needed.

"I think it's impossible to suspend these leagues. It is very hard to interrupt a season."

Trapattoni was delighted to find all his players in flying form despite a busy pre-season and the Championship kick-off 10 days ago.

"They are tired and the squad is not 100-per-cent fit. They are only back a few weeks but I saw their enthusiasm and effort on the training pitch and this made me happy."

Trapattoni revealed that Kieren Westwood will start against Wales and if he does the same for Sunderland next weekend, David Forde could find himself on the outside looking in.

Some would suggest that Forde has done enough in the last series of games to make the No 1 spot his own but Trapattoni was less dogmatic and is anxious to see how Westwood reacts to improved club circumstances.

Asked whether Forde had done enough, Trapattoni hedged his bets.

"We will wait and see and we will decide calmly," he said, suggesting that there is a real contest for the goalkeeper's shirt.

Trapattoni saw Paddy Madden in the flesh for the first time during training yesterday: "He's a mixture. There is some of Simon Cox there and Shane Long too."

DECIDE

Trapattoni will wait for word from Richard Dunne before he makes and definitive plans for the next two World Cup qualifiers against Sweden and Austria.

"He needs games – two, three, four games, and then we can decide. I will talk with Richard before the these games and then we will decide," said Trapattoni.

This leaves a door – which Trap seemed to slam shut the last time he spoke about Dunne – open for the QPR defender. He was an unused substitute in Rangers' 1-1 draw with Huddersfield on Saturday.

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