Saturday 23 February 2019

'Bale will only leave for giant club'

Exit talk: Gareth Bale
Exit talk: Gareth Bale

Gareth Bale could only leave Real Madrid for another "giant club", according to his former boss Chris Coleman.

Speculation is rife that Bale's time at the Bernabeu could be drawing to a close, with Real manager Zinedine Zidane relying less heavily upon him in recent weeks - although he did select him for Wednesday night's dramatic Champions League quarter-final clash with Juventus.

However, Coleman, who worked with the 28-year-old during his time in charge of Wales, insists the former Southampton and Tottenham player remains happy in Madrid.

Asked if he still has a future in Spain, Sunderland boss Coleman said: "How long has he been there? Five years, has he?

"After his first year when I used to do the Welsh press conferences, they always used to ask, 'The Spanish press are not very happy with him, has he got a future there?'. I think he's won three Champions Leagues there.

"If you work so hard to get to a stage where you are seen as one of the better players and you are playing for one of the biggest clubs, that's not somewhere where you want to leave. Where does he go from there that's bigger? There's nowhere bigger, so if he does leave Madrid, where's he going to go? It's going to have to be another giant club."

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