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Gareth Bale responds to Balague 'angry and confused' claims

The Real Madrid star spoke ahead of the Wales vs Slovakia qualifying match for Euro 2020 and was asked about recent comments in AS.

09 October 2019, Slovakia, Bratislava: Wales' Gareth Bale attends a press conference for the Wales national soccer team, ahead of the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying group E soccer matches against Slovakia at City Arena Trnava stadium. Photo: Pavel Neubaue
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Ahead of Wales' Euro 2020 qualifying games against Slovakia and Croatia, star player Gareth Bale has been speaking to the gathered media. As well as his views on the importance of the upcoming internationals, Bale responded to claims about his state of mind at Real Madrid.

Bale's clear mind

'Fury and confusion' was how Guillem Balague described the Welshman's feelings about the 'unjust' way he is being treated in the Spanish capital. But the captain gave his views directly.

"I think you play with a lot of emotion," he began. "Obviously anger comes into it, but I'm just trying to play football and enjoy it as much as I can and give my best, whether I am here or at Real Madrid.

Impressive start | Gareth Bale has begun this season well for Real Madrid.
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Impressive start | Gareth Bale has begun this season well for Real Madrid.Denis DoyleGetty Images

"Whenever I go on to the pitch I try and give 100%, as much as I can, to help the team. I'll continue to do that. I haven't got anything to clear my mind about.

And Bale's immediate focus is clear: Wales have to get the points on the table.

"I love meeting up with Wales, everybody knows that. It is something that I've always loved doing. We have a task in hand to try and qualify for the Euros. It's a massive game. We're looking forward to it, we want to win the game, get the three points and put ourselves right back in the mix.

"Come tomorrow, I don't care who scores, as long as we score and win the match.

"It's about the team tomorrow. We need to stick to the game plan and, if we do, we have a good chance of winning."