Chris Coleman concedes that Wales will have to thrash out an agreement with Real Madrid over the availability of Gareth Bale for future friendlies.

The world’s most expensive footballer completed the whole 90 minutes in the 1-1 draw with Finland in Cardiff on Saturday night.

It was Bale’s first international start since March, but national team manager Coleman admits the £86 million may have to sit out one of three friendlies planned for either March and May before the World Cup finals next year in an effort to appease his Real Madrid bosses.
Coleman said: “There will be pressure from Madrid for him not to come with us. It’s important we are not dogmatic about it. They will bite us on the backside in the end.

“For the bigger picture it might be worth us saying: ‘Just miss this one.’ It depends on when the game is. It depends on what we have got coming up and they have got coming up.