Gareth Bale is fully focused on the job in hand for Wales, despite problems with his life at the club level with Real Madrid.
Then he had a very public reprieve, as he stayed in Madrid, an injury crisis ensued and he was back in action.
While he is back playing a significant amount of time for Zinedine Zidane there is talk that all is not well.
Reports out of Spain suggest Bale is extremely unhappy and even angry at the treatment he is receiving.
With the international break now in effect, the Welshman can take a break from club life and focus on helping Wales qualify for another major tournament.
Ahead of Wales’s game with Slovakia, Bale spoke to the BBC about the joy of meeting up with Ryan Giggs’s side
“I love meeting up with Wales, everyone knows that.”
“I haven’t got anything to clear my mind about.”
“We have a task at hand to try to qualify and this is a massive game.”
“We want to put ourselves right back in the mix.”
“When asked if he was angry at his treatment, he said:
“I think you play with a lot of emotion and anger comes into it of course, but I am just trying to play football.”
“To enjoy it as much as I can and give my best, whether I am here or in Madrid.”
“Whenever I step onto the pitch I give 100% to help the team and I will continue to do that.”
His national team manager Ryan Giggs will be glad to hear that his key player is so focused.
But Giggs seems to think that more is being made of the situation by others.
“I’m not too sure. I think now, looking from the outside, things have improved.”
“The way that he’s playing – which is all that footballers want to do.”
“They want to play, they want to get minutes, they want to do well – I’ve always said he’s at a fantastic club.”
On his potential transfer and the very public collapse of his moves, he added:
“Of course, it would have unsettled him because it was apparently very close to him going.”
“But things might have changed.”
“Things do change quite quickly in football and now he’s playing, he’s loved, he’s happy, and I expect him to carry on doing what he’s doing for Real Madrid.”
Giggs is glad to have Bale at his disposal and believes he can be a deciding factor in any team.
“If Gareth Bale is at your club and he’s training well and he gets the chance to play, he’s always going to keep you interested.”
“He can turn a game on its head, he can score goals and he’s such an asset.”
“He’s our best player and he’s been captain as well recently. He’s a big player, obviously, for us.”