Gareth Bale will make a free transfer to another club after Real Madrid if Wales qualify for the World Cup, says boss Page

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GARETH BALE will play club football beyond Real Madrid if Wales qualify for the World Cup.

But Robert Page’s future as Dragons boss remains uncertain.

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Gareth Bale will leave Real Madrid this summer when his contract expiresCredit: REX FEATURES
Robert Page's future as Wales boss remains uncertain

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Robert Page’s future as Wales boss remains uncertainCredit: Reuters

Bale, who was named on the bench for Tuesday’s Champions League quarter-final against Chelsea, will leave the Bernabeu when his contract expires this summer.

The Wales captain is desperate to lead his country to a first World Cup since 1958 and he inspired a 2-1 triumph with a sensational brace against Austria to book a place in the play-off final in June against England. Scotland or Ukraine.

But Page has confirmed that Bale, 32, will play with the prospect of facing England, Iran and the United States if the Dragons reach the Qatar final.

Page said: “If we come to the World Cup in November, he will definitely play football.

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“The World Cup is his dream, the only thing missing from his CV. Where he will play, I’m not sure. Whether he comes home, stays in Spain, fancy another challenge, I don’t really don’t know.”

Bale has received heavy criticism from the Spanish media after being branded a ‘parasite’.

The four-time Champions League winner was also booed by the Real crowd when he appeared as a substitute in the 2-0 home win over Getafe on Saturday.

Casemiro defended Bale and national boss Page defended his talisman as well.

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Page told The Athletic: “I am absolutely appalled by this.

“I know Gareth well now and a lot of people don’t see what he does off the pitch, the donations he made recently to the NHS, to a hospital in Cardiff – a huge amount of money.

“He doesn’t get credit for it because he doesn’t shout about it and people don’t hear about it. He keeps it to himself.

“That parasitic comment made my blood boil. I don’t like it. It’s not the Gareth Bale who is the captain of our country, who represents us. And he never will be.”

Page’s future is in limbo as the Football Association of Wales awaits the outcome of manager Ryan Giggs’ domestic violence trial in August.

The 41-cap defender has been in charge for 21 games and has lost just four since Giggs’ arrest in November 2020.

Giggs remains under contract with the FAW until the end of Wales’ World Cup campaign, but former Wales striker John Hartson said last month that Page should be given the job. full-time job in Wales if they qualified for the World Cup – regardless of the trial in Manchester. .

Page is aware that the FAW is in a legal bind until Giggs’ court case is resolved.

But he said: “It’s the uncertainty of football, unfortunately.

“It’s out of my control – if we hadn’t beaten Austria the next day I would have been out of work. If we don’t win this game in June, my contract is over.

“It’s difficult for the Association because of Ryan’s case. All I can do is control what I can control. Right now I have a group of guys who like to come to camp, who like to play for me.

“I’m having the best time of my life and we’re winning football games. What the powers that be at FAW decide to do with it is up to them.”

When asked how Giggs was about to step in to replace him and lead Wales to Euro 2020, the former Watford and Sheffield United centre-back replied: “Ryan was totally supportive, absolutely .

“It was the preparation for the Euros and there had to be a time when there was a cut, for the love of Ryan, for the players, the public. We had a major tournament and we all needed to know what was happening.

“On May 1, it was decided that I was the manager of the Euros and then of the World Cup qualifiers.

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“So I knew I would be in charge until the end of those unless we got to those play-offs, which we did.

“So it continued until March and now until the next game. It’s month by month.”

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