Sunday 17 December 2017

Coleman has no worries for Bale amid tough time at Real

Wales manager Chris Coleman says Gareth Bale is the last player he worries about on international duty despite the world's most expensive player having to endure testing times at Real Madrid.

Bale has had to endure some difficult moments in the Spanish capital this season where he has been jeered by his own fans for supposed selfishness on the pitch.

The 25-year-old also appeared to commit the cardinal sin of upsetting Madrid's main man Cristiano Ronaldo by not passing the ball in games and his confidence took a knock as he went nine games without scoring before netting twice in last weekend's 2-0 league win over Levante. Even then Ronaldo reacted petulantly to Bale's first goal as if to suggest all is not well between the pair, but Coleman insists there will be no hangover when his talismanic forward returns to international duty next week.

"He's got no points to prove from us," Coleman said when naming his squad for the crunch Euro 2016 qualifier in Israel on March 28.

"Gareth's not daft and when you play for Madrid you entertain and win every time you go on the pitch. Winning and not playing well is not acceptable.

"But, with us, he just has to keep doing what he's doing - and I'd be on dangerous ground if I said to Gareth I need a bit more from you!" he added.

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