Bale returns for Wales duty

Not even the appearance of Gareth Bale could save Chris Coleman's side as they slumped to the bottom of World Cup qualifying Group A with a 3-0 defeat at the hands of Serbia.

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Mourinho wanted Bale for Madrid last year

Speculation has been rife over Bale's future Credit: Nick Potts/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Wales international Gareth Bale is still making headlines this weekend, after he stayed home as his Tottenham team mates head to Monaco for a pre-season friendly.

Speculation over the 24-year-old winger's future in the premier league has been rife, since reports emerged that Real Madrid had put in a vast bid to buy him from Spurs.

Spanish media have reported Bale is a step closer to signing that deal, as he didn't travel with Tottenham for the Monaco game

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