Gareth Bale at centre of club vs country row ahead of Wales World Cup bid

Gareth Bale currently finds himself dead centre of an awkward tug of war between Wales and Los Angeles FC (LAFC).

The former Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur superstar joined the MLS giants on a free transfer in the summer and has so far contributed two goals in 11 appearances. However, he is currently expected to lead his country’s first World Cup appearance since 1958.

His performance in Rob Page’s side’s 1-0 loss to Poland in the Nations League was the first time he played a full 90 minutes in just over a year. However, there could be some twitchy moment for the Dragons, as LAFC will also need him to be raring to go for the MLS play-offs.

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This will be a huge problem for both clubs as Wales are also desperate for him to be at peak physical condition for their first match against the USA on November 21. The match against the States will swiftly be followed by another huge clash against Iran on November 25, before a potentially make or break Battle of Britain clash against England on November 29.

"There will be communication between both (Wales and LAFC),” Page said after the loss to Poland. “They want Gareth available for them and we want him in the best physical position we can for the first game against the USA. We will be in contact with them to make sure he is in the right place.

“He has gone from not playing that many minutes to 30 on Thursday to 90 minutes. We wouldn't normally do that.

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“Would I have wanted him to play 90 minutes? Probably not. But he is Gareth Bale and because of the importance of the game, we wanted to win it and if you get a free-kick in the 92nd minute there is potential he could put it in the top corner so you are always going to want to keep him on the pitch.

“What he does from now until the first game against USA, we will be in contact with the club and help manage those minutes. LA are a good outfit, they will know exactly how to get him from where he is at this moment in time to full fitness which is 90 minutes week in week out."

Bale has 108 caps for Wales, contributing 39 goals and 22 assists for his homeland since he made his debut in a friendly against Trinidad and Tobago in 2006.

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