Coleman: Bale committed to Real

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Wales head coach Chris Coleman insists Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale has no intention of departing the Bernebeu any time soon.

The Welshman was heavily linked with a big-money move to Manchester United in the off-season, with the Red Devils said to be lining up a substantial bid following the departure of Angel Di Maria to Paris Saint-Germain.

But international boss Coleman insists the winger is very happy to stay in the Spanish capital and believes he has the quality to overcome criticism from some sections of the club's fans.

"Bale is in no rush to leave Real Madrid," Coleman told Sky Sports. "Manchester United are who they are, but why is he going to want to leave Madrid?

"I know he came in for a lot of criticism and was seen as 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 'Balely' 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 [will] come through that and I think he will have a good season with Benitez."