Chris Coleman has slammed Spanish side Real Madrid after Gareth Bale withdraws from Welsh squad ahead of the upcoming international break.
The 43-year-old coach is disappointed that Bale will be unfit and unavailable for the two World Cup qualifying matches this month against Macedonia then Belgium.
Since completing his world record £86 million move from Tottenham Hotspur to Real Madrid this summer, Bale has scored only once in three appearances - that was against Villarreal in their Spanish Primera Liga 2-2 draw in September.
Coleman insisted he would never criticise another manager, but seemed sceptical about the way the club have handled the 24-year-old playmaker's thigh injury.
Goal.com have quoted Coleman as saying: "I'm not surprised because we said all along it’s been tough for Bale, as he has done no pre-season and then he's thrown into the deep end.
"I would never criticise another manager - Carlo Ancelotti is a brilliant manager - but La Liga football is a different tempo to the Premier League.
"I can understand the thinking that the Premier League is the fastest, most dynamic.
"It is, so maybe Carlo was thinking Gareth could handle it. He’s a super athlete.
"But I did say in our last camp that he was nowhere near fit."
The former Coventry City manager added that he understands Bale's eagerness to play, but that he should put things in to perspective.
He added: "If you don’t do a pre-season, no matter how good you are, you always play catch up for the season.
"This season might be a tough one for him, as good as he is.
"He has had the weight and stress of “will the move happen, won’t it?”. I think he has gone into it when he is not at his best, physically or mentally.
"It has had an effect."
The Welsh side face Macedonia on Friday 11th October - last time the two team met was in September when Macedonia secured a 2-1 win.
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