Wales manager Ryan Giggs is happy that Gareth Bale’s “strange situation” over his Real Madrid future seems to be resolved.
Just over three weeks ago, Bale was on the brink of completing a shock transfer to Chinese side Jiangsu Suning. Everything seemed in order, with Real manager Zinedine Zidane confirming a deal was close.
But Los Blancos then stunned everybody by pulling out of an agreement at the last minute. With no other suitable alternatives, Zidane then announced last weekend that Bale “is going to stay” following his starring role in the club’s 3-1 La Liga win at Celta Vigo.
And one person especially content with the Frenchman’s announcement is none other than Giggs.
The Manchester United icon was speaking in a press conference on Thursday after naming Bale in his 26-man squad for next month’s Euro 2020 qualifiers.
“I kept in touch with him [Bale] to see if he was all right,” said Giggs, according to SportStar.
“It was a strange situation but hopefully now it’s sorted out – Gareth stays and plays games.
“It’s obviously positive at the moment, I’m really pleased with the situation and looking forward to meeting up.”
However, Giggs wouldn’t have ended Bale’s international career even if he had gone off to China.
“It wouldn’t have been ideal,” said the 45-year-old.
“It’s a preference for your players to be in Europe with the travelling and the different calendars, but I’d still have picked him.”
Wales will certainly hope Bale can continue his good start to the season for next month’s meetings with Azerbaijan and Belarus at home.
The first one against Azerbaijan is the crucial one as victory in Cardiff is a must for Wales. Currently, they sit second-bottom in Group E and three points off a second-place Slovakia.