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Real Madrid have final say on Bale's role in Wales friendlies - Coleman

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Sherri Watson | 02 November, 2017, 16:28

Bale has not played since suffering a calf injury in Real's Champions League victory against Borussia Dortmund on September 26 and missed Wales' final World Cup qualifiers against Georgia and the Republic.

Coleman's current contract runs out at the end of this month after friendlies away against France on 10 November and Panama in Cardiff on 14 November.

"We are in open dialogue with Real", said Wales manager Chris Coleman.

The 28-year-old forward missed Wales' final two World Cup qualifiers last month as the Dragons failed to qualify for the 2018 finals in Russian Federation.

"Because if we can't and they can't give me the things I think I need to take the job on, then maybe it's time for a new face and new ideas".

"We will tell them where he is and they will get data off us every day like they always do".

"If they say he can play 20 or 30 minutes that is exactly what will happen, but we are just delighted that he is going to be involved in some capacity".

A players' delegation which included Gareth Bale and captain Ashley Williams held a meeting with Coleman straight after the defeat to Ireland in attempt to persuade him to stay.

Coleman was appointed Wales manager in January 2012 following the tragic death of his great friend Gary Speed.

West Ham defender James Collins has announced his worldwide retirement with Wales.

Bale has scored three goals in 10 appearances for club and country this season.

"He has said if we're absolutely desperate he would come out of retirement - and it speaks volumes for "Ginge" he has given us that option".

Coleman wants certain assurances from the FAW - a lot of them surrounding structural and support staff issues - which he believes is essential to take Wales forward.

The 34-year-old defender won 50 caps for the Dragons over a 13-year global career and he formed part of the squad that reached the semi-finals of Euro 2016.