Gareth Bale ‘ticks all the boxes’ since returning to Real Madrid, which is a boost for Wales ahead of their next 2022 World Cup qualifiers, Welsh manager Robert Page has said.
Bale is back in favor at Real under new manager Carlo Ancelotti – after being loaned to Tottenham Hotspur by his predecessor Zinedine Zidane – and scored in their 3-3 draw with Levante last Sunday.
It was his first La Liga goal for the club since September 2019.
His form bodes well for the friendly between Wales and Finland, followed by the qualifiers against Belarus and Estonia next month.
Wales resume their World Cup qualifying campaign after a 3-1 away loss to group favorites Belgium and a 1-0 home win over the Czech Republic in March.
“You have to do your best and play for your club,” Page said.
“There’s no argument in there, he (Bale) ticks all the boxes.
“He now has a manager who was impressed with what he did in the preseason and watched him through the Euros.
“That’s all he can influence. Give his best in training and show what he’s doing and he’ll start playing.
“Fortunately, he had a positive impact on the manager and started the season in good shape. He’s scoring goals, which is great for us, ”added Page, who has taken over temporarily in charge of the team as full-time boss Ryan Giggs prepares to continue. trial in January next year, charged with assault and coercive behavior towards his ex-girlfriend.
Page is also delighted that Bale and his other star player Aaron Ramsey are both fit and fit.
They haven’t played together in a qualifying game since Wales beat Hungary to advance to Euro in November 2019, largely due to the Juventus midfielder’s injury concerns.
“They were great working together (against Hungary) and showed it again in Euros,” Page said of the duo who helped the Welsh reach the last 16.
“They are in good shape to enter this camp which is really nice for me and for the Welsh fans.
“We want our players to play competitive football week after week, it’s no different for both of them.
“I’m not surprised after the tournament that they’ve had that they came back and started the season well at their clubs. “
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