Gareth Bale Could Play in Wales-Iceland Friendly: Report

February 24, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

Gareth Bale, the Real Madrid star, is expected to be involved in a Wales friendly with Iceland next week.

According to Wales Online, the 24-year-old will be involved in the match against the Nordic country.

Wales boss Chris Coleman shot down rumors that Bale would not play in friendly games before the Euro 2016 qualifiers.

“We’ve got two games to go before we start the qualifiers in September,” he said.

The Wales-Iceland match will be played March 5 at the Cardiff City Stadium.

“If we get the word back from Madrid or Gareth that he’s got a niggle, of course, we won’t force the issue,” he said. “But we’ve not seen each other for some time so all of us need to spend some time together and I’m hoping that Gareth’s going to be involved with us.”

Bale has not confirmed the reports that he’ll be around for the Wales game.

This weekend, Bale hit a 30-yard goal for Real Madrid against Elche.

“You hear some stories that it’s not going very well for him,” Coleman said. “But look at the stats and he’s got a dozen goals and a dozen assists and that’s not a bad return for your first year. It’s always going to be difficult moving over to a different country and a different culture.”

Bale recently stated that Madrid is seeking its 10th European Cup.

“There is a lot of expectation here. We are the biggest club in the world and we want to win every game. Everyone expects us to win every game,” he said, according to The Mirror.

He added: “We have expectation, but it’s something we all like. We’re all winners and want to win every game and we want to win every trophy we are playing for. We’ve been very good. I don’t think we have lost yet which is always a bonus. We have performed very well, but we can still get better and that’s the plan.”