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Gareth Bale insists he has regained his passion for football

Gareth Bale insists he has regained his passion for football after summer move to club he ‘loves’ in Tottenham… as Wales captain looks set to lead country out against Finland on Wednesday night

  • Gareth Bale is looking to guide his country to UEFA Nations League promotion 
  • Wales will reach Nations League A should they avoid defeat against Finland
  • Tottenham winger Bale admits he is feeling ‘very happy’ about his football 
  • The 31-year-old returned to Spurs on loan from Real Madrid in the summer  

Gareth Bale says he has regained his passion for football again after returning to a club where he is ‘loved’.

The Wales captain hopes to guide his country to promotion to Nations League A by helping them avoid defeat against Finland in Cardiff on Wednesday – while a win would virtually secure a place in the World Cup qualification play-offs, should Wales require it.

Bale is poised to win his 87th cap and while he is still regaining match fitness following his loan move back to Tottenham from Real Madrid, but the 31-year-old is smiling again after a difficult end to his time in Spain.

Gareth Bale admits he has regained his passion for football after his summer return to the UK

The Wales captain looks set to play a part against Finland on Wednesday night in Cardiff

‘I feel very happy,’ he said. ‘I’ve settled in very well at Tottenham and coming back to a place where you feel loved gives you that hunger to go again and play for your fans who support you so much.

‘It’s definitely helped me being back in the UK and hopefully I can have a good season for Wales and Tottenham.

‘Getting fitness back and playing again is what makes every player happy. I feel I’m in a good place, and there is still more to come and more to improve.’ 

All Wales’ players have tested negative for coronavirus after facing a Republic of Ireland side including two players who tested positive – Matt Doherty and James McClean, tested positive after playing in their 1-0 loss to Wales on Sunday. 

Matt Doherty (right) tested positive for coronavirus after Ireland’s loss to Wales on Sunday 

Wales have yet to return a positive test this season. Unlike some other nations, the Welsh FA submit players and staff to in-house tests, in addition to those demanded by UEFA.

Coach Rob Page – who is standing in for Ryan Giggs – said: ‘The medical team have worked tirelessly to make sure we’ve got the best care and protocols in place. We’ve tested negative on three occasions and that’s really good for us. 

‘We’re organised before camp. The staff get tested by the FAW [Football Association of Wales] anyway.’




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