Wales boss says Tottenham star would thrive abroad


Gareth Bale would thrive at Real Madrid according to his international manager Chris Coleman, reports the Metro.

The Wales manager has revealed he is not surprised Bale has become unsettled following a world record offer for his services from Real Madrid, but still hopes the 24-year-old will be able to turn out for his country in their upcoming friendly match next week.

Talks are ongoing between Tottenham and Real Madrid over the possible transfer, with the Spanish giants preparing to go well above the world record £80million they paid Manchester United to land Cristiano Ronaldo four years ago.

While manager Andre Villas-Boas has remained adamant his star man is not for sale, it is expected Bale’s move to La Liga is imminent.

Coleman admits he has no influence on where Bale will end up, but does believe the potential world record price tag could way heavily on the young wingers shoulders.

“I am sure, with what is going on in terms of the transfer, there is a lot on Gareth’s mind and Tottenham’s mind,” Coleman said.

“He is a quality player, whether he is in the Premier League or anywhere else. He is only 24 and is only going to get better.

“The money we are talking about is incredible, but that is not Gareth’s fault. If clubs are willing to pay huge transfer fees and huge salaries, it is up to the clubs. It is not the player’s fault.”

Despite the ongoing saga, Coleman has named Bale in his 23-man squad for the upcoming game with the Republic of Ireland.

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