Wales v Uruguay preview: Ryan Giggs aims for China Cup success

Lynette Rowe
March 26, 2018

Meanwhile, Real president, Florentino Perez has declared his intentions to axe most of their current players to give way for new ones, since their season has been characterized with poor results.

"To win any trophy is always good, but for your country it is that bit more special", said Bale.

The 28-year-old has scored nine goals and made one assist in the Spanish top flight for Real Madrid so far this season and he has also netted once in the Champions League.

As well as being Bale's first worldwide trophy, the China Cup would also be the first competition for Wales to win outright since the British Home Championship in 1937, though they shared the trophy in 1970. "When you shut the door of your office and everyone else has gone home, you're on your own", Giggs said. The two have left the Premier League and have been competing at the highest level ever since, "Of course you would want to stay there". Gareth has the ability to score every type of goal and there are similarities with Cristiano Ronaldo.

Giggs spent his whole playing career at United, making a record 963 appearances, and José Mourinho retains a strong interest in Bale. "They started out as wingers and they are now goal-scorers".

But the new Wales boss admits his transition into management has been far from plain sailing, despite Gareth Bale giving the 44-year-old the ideal start to his global coaching career.

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Wales will play Uruguay in Monday's China Cup final after thrashing China 6-0, with Bale scoring a hat-trick to become Wales' leading goalscorer.

Bale's contract has four years to run and is worth a total of £500,000 a week, meaning only United, Manchester City and Chelsea could afford to bring him back to the Premier League.

"So whether it's a tournament like we are in now, or whether its' a Euros or the World Cup, it's always important to win trophies". I'm expecting a hard game, as always.

"But that was a nightmare actually as Eddie was trying to ask me questions about Sir Alex and I wanted to get everything out of him!"

"I learned a lot about how lonely it was when I was United manager", he said. "Ultimately you're the boss and you have to make the decisions".

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