Coleman urges Bale to stay in Madrid

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July 25, 2015 18:14:57 UK

Wales manager Chris Coleman says he would prefer if Gareth Bale remained at Real Madrid and is tipping the winger to turn things around in Spain.

After a disappointing second season in the Spanish capital, Bale’s future has become has source of intense debate.

A move back to the Premier League has been mooted, but Coleman said he selfishly would prefer to see his talisman remaining where he is.

The quality is obviously there in La Liga, but the physicality is different.

Chris Coleman

“If I’m being selfish, from a manager’s point of view in terms of one week getting Gareth to come and play with us, I would rather him stay with Madrid, because the quality is obviously there in La Liga, but the physicality is different,” Coleman told Sky Sports.

The Welsh boss, whose side are 2.00 to win their Euro 2016 qualifying group, feels Bale is less likely to suffer from burnout if he stays in Madrid.

“The Premier League is the most unforgiving league on the planet and players get weary halfway through it, physically it is very demanding. La Liga is slightly different,” he said.

Coleman is also tipping the former Spurs man to turn things around if he remains at the Bernabeu.

“The pressure is on him because he is playing for Madrid and every time he walks on the pitch the spotlight is on him; it’s not easy to deal with and there are only certain players that can deal with that and Gareth is one of those players.”

Real Madrid are 2.62 to win La Liga next season.

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