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Chris Coleman claims Gareth Bale wants to stay at Real Madrid

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Wales manager Chris Coleman does not believe Real Madrid star Gareth Bale wants a move to Manchester United this summer.

Coleman, who has relied on Bale throughout the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign, feels the 26-year-old has everything he wants at the Bernabeu and tipped the world-class forward to succeed this season following a difficult second campaign with the Spanish giants.

Bale has been constantly linked with a move to Manchester United over recent months, but the arrival of Rafael Benitez appears to have settled the Wales international.

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Much to the relief of the former Tottenham star, Benitez has listened to Bale and decided against deploying him wide on the right flank during pre-season.

Bale informed Real Madrid officials that he wanted to play through the middle or on the left wing at the end of last season after feeling isolated on the right and it seems he will be granted his wish when the new La Liga campaign gets underway this month.

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Coleman: Bale is in no rush to leave Madrid

Coleman stated that Bale is in “no rush” to leave Real Madrid, even though some supporters treated him unfairly at times last season.

“Manchester United are who they are, but why is he going to want to leave Madrid?” the 45-year-old added on Goals on Sunday. “I know he came in for a lot of criticism and was seen at the president’s boy because of the huge transfer fee and he was targeted.

“I watched a lot of Madrid’s games and (Cristiano) Ronaldo, (Karim) Benzema, Isco were having bad times, but Bale was targeted for sure and they left him out in the cold. The newspapers gave him a hard time when most of the players were having a tough time.

“But he is strong enough and come through that and I think he will have a good season with Benitez.”

Bale might be the dream signing of most Manchester United fans - perhaps with the exception of Cristiano Ronaldo - but the Welshman is keen to make things work at Real Madrid.

This is a decisive season for Bale in Spain, though, and he will be under pressure to hit the ground running starting on August 23, when Los Blancos take on Sporting Gijon in their opening match of the 2015-16 campaign.

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