5:07pm Tuesday 3rd September 2013
By Andrew Penman
WALES manager Chris Coleman says he has no doubts about Gareth Bale’s commitment to his country after his world record move to Real Madrid.
Bale finally sealed his dream move to the Bernabeu this week but he was back in Cardiff with the Wales squad just hours after being unveiled in front of 20,000 Madrid fans.
The 24-year-old trained with the rest of Coleman’s squad ahead of Friday’s World Cup qualifier in Macedonia and Tuesday’s home clash with Serbia.
Coleman says the world’s most expensive player is likely to play some part over the next six days but he will not play 90 minutes in either match.
Bale has not played since a pre-season friendly for Tottenham at Swindon in early July and has been carrying a foot injury.
But Coleman praised the player’s attitude after what has been a summer-long transfer saga.
“It’s probably a relief for him more than anything because it has been going on for so long and it has finally happened,” said Coleman.
“I spoke to him the day before and he told me he was flying in for the unveiling and then catching a flight straight back.
“He texted me when he got to the hotel. His attitude has been spot in and that’s what you’re looking for from all your players.
“Gareth respects his country and that is a credit to him.”
Bale’s Real teammate Cristiano Ronaldo has missed the majority of friendly matches for Portugal since he moved to Madrid from Manchester United in 2009 but Colman is unconcerned.
“I’ll contact Carlo to say thank you for making him available,” said the Wales boss, who is hoping to travel to Spain to watch Bale’s debut on September 14.
“There has not been one problem from Real Madrid,” he added.
“We are professional here and we won’t risk a player. We want to maintain good relationships with all the clubs.
“I can’t speak about Cristiano Ronaldo but I’ve never had a doubt about Gareth’s commitment to us and I don’t think I will have a problem.”
And Coleman believes that the presence of Bale in the Wales squad will have a psychological effect on the opposition.
“The fact he is in our squad will have an effect on the Macedonia manager and their squad,” he said. “The fact that he’s there is a threat.
“I experienced that a few times when I was a player. At Blackburn we had Alan Shearer and when you’re lining up in the tunnel we knew that if we kept a clean sheet we’d win because we knew he’d score.
“And, even better than that, the opposition knew as well.
“It gives you a lot of confidence to have a player like that in your team.”
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