Real Madrid fans “showed class” to the outgoing Gareth Bale, says Wales manager Robert Page

Gareth Bale with the Champions League trophy
Gareth Bale has equaled Cristiano Ronaldo’s record five Champions League titles
Venue: Tarczynski Arena, Wroclaw Date: Wednesday June 1st Kicking off: 17:00 CET
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Gareth Bale deserves the respect of Real Madrid fans if he leaves the club, says his Welsh manager Robert Page.

Bale won a joint fifth Champions League title on Saturday despite barely appearing this season.

After the face scathing criticism From fans and the Spanish media in the past, the Wales captain was applauded as Real celebrated at the Bernabeu on Sunday.

“She [Real fans] showed class and rightly so for what he has achieved for this football club,” said Page.

“You look back on what he did, achieved winners in the Champions League final and in the way he did it he absolutely deserves all the credit.

“What an achievement for him personally. To be a part of this group of people, this team that has achieved this is phenomenal. Not many players can say they have achieved it so he deserves credit for that.”

Bale’s initially glittering but recently unruly nine-year spell at Real will end when his estimated £600,000-a-week contract expires this summer.

After celebrating Saturday’s win over Liverpool with his team-mates in Madrid on Sunday, the 32-year-old has joined the Wales squad in preparation for Wednesday’s Nations League game in Poland, four days away the World Cup play-off final on Sunday against Scotland or Ukraine.

Wales are aiming to qualify for a World Cup for the first time since 1958, so with such an important game on the horizon, Bale is unlikely to play many, if any, minutes against Poland.

“It’s risk and reward. The biggest game we have is on Sunday and that’s not disrespect to Poland,” Page said.

“We’ll give them full respect, but we’d be mad to put our top-top players at risk, so without answering directly, you know what I’m getting at.

“He’s in good spirits, as always. He was adamant that he would meet the players in Portugal [where Wales have been training] Flying to Poland with them speaks volumes. He wanted to be with the squad as soon as possible.

“He’s as humble as ever, he hooked up with the group and was top notch straight away.”

Bale has played just 20 minutes for Real since Wales’ last game in March, when his preparation for the World Cup semi-final play-off against Austria has included just two appearances for the Spanish and European champions since November.

On this occasion, however, he scored two brilliant goals to inspire Wales to victory and set them on course for a World Cup qualifier victory.

Midfielders like Aaron Ramsey and Joe Allen are also expected to be rested against Poland, while Page will select a young and inexperienced squad.

Huddersfield Town’s winger Sorba Thomas could be included, although she lost in Sunday’s Champions play-off final to Nottingham Forest, whose striker Brennan Johnson has not traveled to Poland and is joining the Wales squad at their training base near Cardiff becomes.

“The ups and downs of football, isn’t it? You have one who is absolutely delighted with the result of the game and will now be playing Premier League football, and one who will be bitterly disappointed that he hasn’t.” his dream,” Page said.

“Sorba is a bit different from Brennan, he hasn’t played as many minutes and had as much football. Credit to him, he flew out yesterday and got here this morning and he’s with the boys for breakfast today and shows he feels committed to being with their group right away.

“Brennan is a little different. I gave him a few days [off] after the final. He’s played a lot of football this season so he won’t be part of the Wednesday group [against Poland]but he will be waiting for us at the hotel on Wednesday evening [in Wales] when we fly back ready for Sunday’s game.”

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