Bale: I'm More Excited To Play For Wales Than Real

Bale's commitment to Real has been questioned

Bale's commitment to Real has been questioned

It's like playing with your mates down the park on a Sunday.

"With Wales, I'm speaking my own language and feeling more comfortable", Bale said at a press conference ahead of Wales' match against Azerbaijan.

Bale accepts that it might look curious from Madrid's perspective that he is fit to feature for Wales again after a month out of action domestically, but he insists it is a coincedence.

I definitely have more excitement when I play with Wales, but I always give 100 per cent on the pitch wherever I am, that's what I always strive to do. "One sent a picture of a triple bogey, I've never had one! If I'm fit, no matter where I am, I'm going to try and play".

To have a chance of qualifying for their second successive European Championship, Wales probably need to win both games.

But his injury has not stopped him training with Wales this week - his return has been hailed in the Spanish press as the "Miracle in Wales" - and the forward says he is glad to be back among the group.

"But it still doesn't change what I give on the pitch".

"I've done as much as I can in terms of trying to get back as quick as I can".

Should they fail to pick up maximum points, they will at least be assured of the backstop of the play-offs - which take place in March - after goals from Marcus Berg and Robin Quaison gave Blågult the all-important victory.

The Dragons can still finish in the top two of their group, but must beat Azerbaijan and Hungary and hope results go their way to reach Euro 2020 automatically. It's amusing. The things I have seen people really don't understand football, they don't know what they're on about.

Wales have used 11-a-side games in training to improve Bale's match fitness, though he may not yet be able to manage a full 90 minutes.

"I fully understand the position I'm in".

Indeed, Bale was on the brink of finally leaving Real Madrid during the summer with the 30-year-old expected to make the move to the Chinese Super League. Like most players, the winger plays at his best when the environment he finds himself in is a healthy one.

During Wales coach Ryan Giggs' turn, things did not get off to a good start.

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