In an exclusive interview with GiveMeSport, Swansea full-back Neil Taylor says that the pressure on Wales team-mates Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey on the international stage is not a problem.

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The pair have come on leaps and bounds within the last two-three season. With Bale, in-particular as almost completely carried Tottenham to a fifth place finish, just missing out on the Champions League which sensationally sparked Real Madrid into spending a staggering £86 million on him. 

This ultimately made him the most expensive player in history and brought huge pressure upon the 24-year-old's shoulder, not only with the Spanish Giants but on the international stage.

Bale is under no pressure

However Taylor, 25, emphasised that Bale is under more pressure at club level but can handle his recently adopted glorified status. 

"I think that players who play at the highest level bring pressure on themselves and they perform anyway," Taylor told GiveMeSport. 

"Bale will be getting more pressure from Real Madrid than he will be from Wales, that's for sure and I think Aaron [Ramsey], probably the same."

Ramsey is one of the best

Arsenal man Ramsey, lit up the Premier League last season following a troubled return from injury, and effectively played a vital part the Gunners FA Cup triumph. Taylor, states that his fellow Welshman's improvement has shaped him into one of the leagues best players and that now is the time for Wales to shine.

He continued: "He's raised the bar for himself and he's up there as one of the best midfielders in the league. When you're at the highest level and under that microscope and with that many games on TV, you get looked at to perform over and over and over again.

"They're obviously proud Welshman. They chose to play for Wales at a found age and stuck with it and we're hoping that the next campaign will be the one for us.

"People have started to talk about us a bit like a golden generation with the players that we have. I think we have to deliver now. It's going to be key to get off to a good start in September."

Asian influence 

Taylor does hold a unique status in the top flight of English football. His strong Indian routes mean that he is currently the only British Asian player in the Premier League. This is something that the Swansea full-back is working hard to improve.

After previously working on campaigns in asia to promote the game, Taylor has revealed he is now working with top clubs to increase awareness and potentially ignite a new generation much like, the African and South American players have accomplished over recent years.

"I spoke to Chelsea about their academy and Liverpool opening an academy in India," said Taylor.

"It's an area which I don't really know why it hasn't been tapped. The African and the South American's through the 80's and 90's when people of that origin were coming into the league and doing really well.

"Now you look at the league and it's littered with players. We have Ki at our place from South Korean and recently that the Koreans and the far Asians have started to come into Europe and play in this league.

"There's definitely a market to be tapped there. There's over a billion people I think in that area."

Mentality is everything

However, Taylor firmly believes that the big issues stopping players from making it, is their mental attitude and the overwhelming influence of their parents but that clubs are doing everything in their power to bring any talent over to English shores. 

He added: "I believe it's mentality that's the reason to why you become a footballer or not no matter what origin. It takes two things as a kid; One for your parents to help you as best you can and then for your own mentality that you can make."

"It seems that clubs are now going to send scouts out there and their going to open academy's. They realise that the talent can be there and should be there, it's just a case of finding it. We'll have to wait and see, it's a slow process I think."

Olympics and World Cup

In 2010, as the the entire world focused it's eyes on the Olympics in London, Taylor played his part in history in the Great Britain football team.

Although the whole process had drawn some criticism from England, Scotland and Wales wanting to remain as separate nations, the Swansea man said it was the best thing he has ever done.

He continued: "The key was we all wanted to play and once we actually done it, it was the best experience we've all done, was the Olympics. It was unbelievable.

"It will be really nice to do something like that again but I don't think it will happen. It was a one off thing that they promised for the home Olympics.

"I was proud to represent and i'll be able to talk about it for years and years."

Brazil has been best ever

When asked about his thoughts on the World Cup in Brazil, Taylor explained how it was one of the best he has ever seen, mainly due to the amount of goals and poor defending. He divulges that, as impossible as it may be to pick a winner, he would love for Brazil go on and win to see the parties.

He concluded: "It's a really good one. there's not much defending going on to be honest but from what we've seen, there's great attacking football going on."

"It's been unbelievable to watch especially some of the game that have gone into extra time. It's been one of the best World Cups I've seen.

"I'll have to go with Brazil being the host nation. It will be great to see them win it with the carnivals that have gone on."

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