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Bale will try to persuade Chris Coleman to stay with Wales

Chris Coleman GETTYWales boss Chris Coleman will sit down and discuss his future when the"dust settles
Melissa Porter | 11 October, 2017, 06:50

Having turned 28 in July, and with his fortunes tied to a country that last qualified for the World Cup in 1958, Bale has missed out on his best chance of playing at football's biggest event.

"The players coming through will strengthen what we have, that excites him and is obviously a major factor. Everything was geared towards next summer".

There were high hopes that Wales would go on to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation but that would not be the case.

Bale is known to be a fan of Coleman and echoed Roberts' sentiments when asked about his national team boss at the start of June.

"Of course we want him to stay", he told reporters.

What he has done for Welsh football has been awesome.

"He couldn't have taken on the job at a more hard time and what we've collectively achieved since then has been wonderful".

Coleman's two-year contract runs until the end of next month and he had been adamant that the World Cup campaign would be his last, although his stance is thought to have softened recently.

And Coleman, who guided Wales to the Euro 2016 semi-finals before being knocked out by eventual winners Portugal, has now opened up about his intentions for the future.

"There is no doubt that Chris loves this job, " Roberts said.

"He's taken that opportunity and created history, and I'm sure he doesn't want that to end. When the dust settles we'll see where we go", he added.

John Harton says that Wales' players will feel "extremely down" as a result of failing to grab a playoff spot in the World Cup.

"It's done, it hurts, it's hard - we have a dressing room of devastated players and a nation mourning".

With three Champions League triumphs in the past four seasons, Bale is already arguably Britain's most successful footballing export, and yet he is under greater pressure at the Bernabeu than ever before.