No Real pressure over Gareth Bale – Chris Coleman

No Real pressure over Gareth Bale – Chris Coleman


Real Madrid are not putting Wales under pressure not to play Gareth Bale, boss Chris Coleman says.

Wales take on Andorra in their final qualifying game this evening but have nothing to play for having sealed qualification for the European Championships next summer already.

They lost 2-0 away at Bosnia-Herzegovina at the weekend but Cyprus’ surprise win over Israel meant Wales qualified for their first major tournament since 1958. Speaking after the defeat, Bale described it as the ‘best loss’ of his life.

Los Blancos have already seen Karim Benzema and Luka Modric pick up injuries on international duty this week and were reportedly alarmed by the fact the 25-year-old forward could be used in a dead rubber.

But speaking to the media, Coleman, who was briefly in charge at La Liga outfit Real Sociedad, said Los Blancos have never placed any demands on him and have always acted in the right way.

He told reporters: “There has been no demand from Read Madrid on if he starts or how long he will play. Real Madrid have always been first class.”

Asked about how his team will prepare for the tournament in France, Coleman said he’d like to play a high profile friendly against Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal.

He commented: “Portugal would be a good one but they could be part of a mini-tournament in Miami. If not, we would be interested [in playing them]. We would want it in Cardiff and it is possibly a good time to go to the Millennium Stadium and play in front of a big crowd.”