Gareth Bale 'anxious to go to Wales' after the uncertainty of Real Madrid
LONDON: Gareth Bale says he feels calmer after a turbulent period in Real Madrid and is eager to go while Wales prepares to face Azerbaijan in a Euro 2020 Qualifier on Friday.
Bale seemed willing to leave Real in a big money move to China at the transfer window, only for the Spanish giants to disconnect at the last moment.
The 30-year-old player ended a goal drought that runs until March with two goals in the 2-2 the league draw on Villarreal Sunday but was expelled in time of unemployment.
The transfer window has closed, Bale said Thursday. I don't think it affected me mentally, but I hadn't played for four or six weeks.
It was nice to be back on the scoresheet (for Real Madrid) and now I am fit and raring to go.
The true teammate Thibaut Courtois suggested in an interview earlier this year that Bale was often isolated from the rest of the team and called him a golfer because of his passion for the sport.
But Bale said he was happy with the nickname and added: I am a golf player. People do a lot, but I enjoy it and it keeps me calmer in the countryside.
The Wales striker said not having been selected by Harry Redknapp in the Spurs for a year was a difficult time in his career.
I just kept my head down and worked hard in training, he said. If you want answers you maybe need to ask Real Madrid.
Wales leads the group of Hungarian leaders by six points, with a game in hand, and they are three points from Croatia and Slovakia in the race for first place.
Welsh chief Ryan Giggs was satisfied with Bale's contribution on Sunday and said: When he scores, he tends to get going.
Giggs revealed that Ben Woodburn is likely to be lost to Azerbaijan due to illness, but confirmed that the rest of his squad is fit and available, including Daniel James.
The new signing of Swansea's Manchester United has scored three goals in four appearances for the club so far this season.
The former United end, Giggs, has not been surprised by the beginning of James's life in Old Trafford.
He's in the right club, a club that loves extremes, Giggs said. We have all seen what he is capable of in the last eight or nine months and he will improve more and more.