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    Wales boss Ryan Giggs: 'Gareth Bale a star among the ranks'


    Wales manager Ryan Giggs has described Gareth Bale as a "star among his ranks" ahead of their UEFA Nations League opener.

    Giggs will be in charge of his first competitive match as Dragons boss since taking over from Chris Coleman.

    The former Manchester United midfielder, who faced criticism while at United for missing a number of Wales friendlies, said he understood Bale's situation of being at a top club.

    Speaking to Sky Sports, Giggs said: "The thing about Gareth is he's a superstar but he is also one of the lads and that's great to see.

    "You know the lads take the mick out of him but you also recognise you have got a star within your ranks.

    "He's not only a great player but a really good bloke as well. With myself at United and Gareth at Real Madrid, you get that pressure week in, week out so you are sort of used to it.

    "But as you have seen over the last few years it doesn't affect him, he relishes more pressure. Bigger the situation, the better he does.

    "He started where he finished off last season with that fantastic goal in the Champions League final and even before that the form that he showed up until then.

    "So yeah, it's great. It's great when the players are doing well for their club, they come to you full of confidence and are fit. That is always a bonus for a national team manager."

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