Wales have secured their place at next year’s tournament
but Bale has made it clear that he intends to play in his country’s final group match against Andorra
Gareth Bale has upset his Real Madrid bosses after rejecting their demands to pull out of Wales’ final qualifier tomorrow night.
Bale helped secure his country’s place at Euro 2016 on Saturday despite being defeated in Bosnia.
But with qualification in the bag, Madrid wanted him to return to Spain to prepare for their game against Levante on Saturday.
Teammate Cristiano Ronaldo answered a similar call by requesting a release from the Portugal camp despite him being captain. Portugal also secured their passage to the France finals.
But Bale made it clear to the club
that he wanted to be a part of the celebration when Wales take on Andorra in Cardiff tomorrow in their final group game.
That has left Madrid angry because the 26-year-old made his first start in a month against Bosnia after suffering a calf injury in Madrid’s Champions League victory over Shakhtar Donetsk.
But Bale said: “I felt good on the field. I’ve got some minutes under my belt and I’m going to tell the gaffer that I want to play on Tuesday.
“Everyone knows how important Wales are to me and how proud we are to all play for our country.”
Striker Karim Benzema sustained an injury while on international duty, and Madrid had hoped and expected that the recovering Bale might follow the lead of the Ronaldo.
Instead, and despite his already tetchy relationships with some at Real Madrid’s Valdebebas training complex, Bale insisted that he would be staying with The Dragons.