Gareth Bale makes it clear where his priorities lie with latest comments

first_img statement Wales star Gareth Bale has admitted he is more excited to play for his country than Real Madrid, comments which will do little to aid his popularity in Spain.Bale has been at the centre of a media storm in Madrid, after turning up for international duty despite not playing for his club side since October 5. update targets The 30-year-old has not featured since scoring in Wales’ 1-1 draw against Croatia on October 13, with a calf injury since preventing him from even training with the Real first-team squad.But Bale has joined up with Wales ahead of their games against Azerbaijan and Hungary.“I definitely have more excitement playing for Wales,” Bale said ahead of the Group E qualifier with Azerbaijan in Baku on Saturday.“I’ve been with most of the older players since we were in the Under-17s. It’s like playing with your mates down the park on a Sunday. It’s normal.“With Wales, I’m speaking my own language and feel more comfortable. But it doesn’t change what I do on the pitch. stalemate Liverpool transfer news live: Mbappe latest, Lille star wants to join Reds in future Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship latest Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta 1 Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Chelsea fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Heung-min Son Getty Images – Getty rookie error Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman “I always give 100 per cent on the pitch wherever I am, that’s what I always strive to do.”Real team-mate Toni Kroos recently criticised Bale for joining up with Wales having missed club games, with the German midfielder saying ‘maybe this is not the best time’.Speaking about Bale’s absence, Kroos said: “It is a little inconvenient when you go to your national team, then you do not play for your club.“After that, you are fit to play for your national team again. Maybe this is not the best time.” Wales attacker Gareth Bale loves playing for his country on target MOST READ IN FOOTBALL Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ appointed last_img