GARETH BALE will play club football beyond Real Madrid if Wales qualifies for the World Cup.
But Robert Page’s future as head of the dragon remains in doubt.
Desperate to lead his country to a first World Cup since 1958, the Welsh captain has been an inspiration 2:1 triumph with a sensational double over Austria to book a place in June’s play-off final against Scotland or Ukraine.
But Page has confirmed Bale, 32, will continue playing with the prospect of facing England, Iran and the United States if the Dragons reach the final in Qatar.
Page said: “If we get to the World Cup in November he will definitely be playing football.
“The World Cup is his dream, the only thing missing from his CV. I don’t know where he will play. I really don’t know if he’ll come home, stay in Spain, feel like a new challenge.”
Bale has been heavily criticized by the Spanish media after being branded a ‘parasite’.
The four-time Champions League winner was also booed by Real Madrid when he came on as a substitute in Saturday’s 2-0 home win against Getafe.
Casemiro defended Bale and Country Manager Page has also campaigned for his talisman.
Page told The Athletic: “I’m absolutely appalled by this.
“I know Gareth well now and a lot of people don’t see what he is doing off the pitch, the donations he recently made to the NHS, to a Cardiff hospital – a significant sum of money.
“He’s not credited with that because he doesn’t shout about it and people don’t hear about it. He keeps it to himself.
“That parasitic comment made my blood boil. I do not like it. This is not the Gareth Bale who is our country’s captain, who is representing us. And he never will be.”
Page’s own future hangs in the balance while the Football Association of Wales awaits the outcome of manager Ryan Giggs’ domestic violence trial in August.
The 41-cap defender was a janitor for 21 games and has lost just four of those since Giggs’ arrest in November 2020.
Giggs remains under contract with the FAW until the end of Wales’ World Cup season, but former Wales striker John Hartson said last month Page should be given the Welsh job full-time if they qualify for the World Cup – whatever the process in Manchester.
Page understands that pending the resolution of Giggs’ court case, the FAW are legally bound.
But he said: “It’s unfortunately the uncertainty of football.
“It’s out of my control – if we hadn’t beat Austria I would have been unemployed the day after. If we don’t win this game in June, my contract will expire.
“It’s difficult for the association because of Ryan’s case. I can only control what I can control. At the moment I have a group of guys who like to come to camp, who like to play for me.
“I’m having the time of my life and we’re winning football games. What those responsible at FAW do with it is up to them.”
Asked how Giggs plans to replace him and guide Wales to Euro 2020, the ex-Watford and Sheffield United centre-back replied: “Ryan was absolutely supportive of us.
“It was preparation for the Euros and there had to be a time when there was a hiatus, for Ryan’s sake, for the players, for the public. We had a big tournament and we all needed to know what was going on.
“On May 1st it was decided that I would be the manager for the European Championship and then for the World Cup qualifiers.
“So I knew I would be in charge until the end unless we made those play-offs, which we did.
“It went on like this until March and now until the next game. It’s month after month.”
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