Wales National team coach Chris Coleman believes Gareth Bale’s new Real Madrid contract is good news for Wales ahead of their World Cup qualifier match against Serbia.
Bale’s increased six-year Real deal ties him to the European champions until just before his 33rd birthday and makes him one of the best-paid players in world football.
“He’s been linked with this club and that club, all the big clubs,” Coleman said when naming his squad for the Cardiff clash with Group D leaders Serbia on November 12.
“Personally I’ve always known he wanted to stay there – he loves it there.
“He likes that spotlight – he’s used to it now. He had a season where he was getting criticised heavily and I think he’s said himself it helped him really.
“He came through that and he’s not looked back, so I’m pleased he’s settled. His family are settled and that’s good for us.
“We all say we don’t read the press but, as much as you try to block it out, it’s still going to be in your thinking.
“So the fact he’s settled, it’s all done and dusted, is fantastic.”