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Manchester United veteran Ryan Giggs has ruled out a playing return to international football with Wales, but would be happy to help new national boss Gary Speed in any other way possible

The 37-year-old retired from international football in 2007 but the recent appointment of his former team-mate Gary Speed as manager has led to speculation he could come back. However Press Association Sport understands Giggs has decided not to make such a comeback, and any offer to Speed would extend only to helping in an off-the-pitch role.

Giggs backed Speed to "do a great job for Wales" and said: "In the future if he ever needed any help or ever needed anything from me, that would be no problem. But at the moment I just wish him all the best and I just hope he can get Wales winning."

Cardiff-born Giggs is one of the greatest players in Welsh history.

He made his debut for his country in 1991 and went on to win 64 caps and captain the side.

He stood down to concentrate on prolonging his club career but, with no immediate thoughts of retirement, could yet add to his tally.

When asked how long he felt he could continue playing, he said: "For the last two or three years we have reviewed it as the season has gone on to see what I'm doing next year and we'll do the same this season. At the moment I am enjoying it more than ever."

Giggs will face Gareth Bale, the player who has taken up his old left-wing station in the Wales team, when United take on Tottenham in the Barclays Premier League this weekend.

He has been firmly impressed by Bale and hopes he can continue to thrive for Wales.

"Everyone in the world sat up and took notice of his performances over two legs against Inter Milan," Giggs added. "When you have got pace, power and the crossing and finishing ability he has got, he is going to cause teams problems.

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