Spain head coach Luis Enrique has admitted he’s prepared for Thursday night’s friendly against Wales as if Real Madrid superstar Gareth Bale was playing.
Bale, 29, is out with a minor groin injury incurred during the weekend’s La Liga loss at Alaves.
Enrique regularly faced Bale when he was in charge at bitter rivals Barcelona from 2014-17.
Watch what he had to say about the Welsh wonder below:
Ryan Giggs has calmed Real Madrid’s worries about Gareth Bale, despite ruling the Wales forward out of the friendly with Spain on Thursday.
Watch Giggs’ response when quizzed about the superstar’s availability:
Chelsea forward Eden Hazard appeared to dismiss the possibility of a January move to Real Madrid on Thursday.
The 27-year-old, who has spoken of his daily quandary over his future, was speaking at a media conference on national team duty with Belgium, broadcast on Sky Sports News.
It was put to Hazard that to win the Ballon d’Or – as the world’s best player – he would have to play in Spain.
“That’s why I want to go, maybe,” said Hazard, who was smiling.
Asked if that move might happen in January, Hazard said: “No.”