Coleman: Bale needs time to settle at Real
Posted Wednesday, October 16 2013 at 01:00
Madrid- Gareth Bale is going to take time to show his best form at Real Madrid, says Wales manager Chris Coleman. Bale moved to Real from Tottenham in September for a world record £85.3m.
Coleman did not play the winger in the World Cup qualifying loss in Macedonia straight after his move, though he came on as a substitute in a 3-0 home defeat by Serbia four days later.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if it is not until after Christmas until we see Gareth properly again,” said Coleman. Real Madrid denied a report published by Marca newspaper that claimed Bale has suffered a slipped disc in his back.
The 24-year-old has played just three games for his new Spanish side and pulled out of last week’s 1-0 win over Macedonia and Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier against Belgium with a thigh injury. Coleman added: “At the last camp here, I took a lot of criticism for not playing Bale, but he had had no pre-season training.”