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Wales’ Boss: ‘Every time I work with Gunter, I'm more impressed’

Sat 27 March 2021 | 2:45

With the full-back on the verge of becoming the first Wales player ever to reach 100 international caps, Robert Page, who is standing in as Wales boss due to Ryan Giggs' suspension, hailed the Charlton man as 'a manager's dream'.

"I keep saying that every time I work with him, I'm more impressed," said Page.

"He's a model professional, he is a manager's dream. He just gets on with his work, he trains as he plays and he's thoroughly deserved his 100 caps and all the credit he's going to get from having achieved that.

"Good people in the game, you want to see them do well and he's certainly one of them."

Chris Gunter himself said it was difficult to describe the emotion of his achievement.

"It's tough to put into words. If you asked me potentially afterwards then there might be something a bit more emotional," he said.

"I'm very proud, it means the world to me to represent the country and do what I know so many people would love to do.

"It's something you never take for granted. You've given your life to hopefully performing for your country."

Asked if he had discussed his side’s opening World Cup qualifier defeat to Belgium with Giggs, Page said: "Absolutely, I spoke with Ryan, of course.

"He was pleased with the second half. We made the change at half-time to be a little bit more positive in our press, get a little bit higher up the pitch and we just didn't want to camp on the edge of our box and allow attack after attack and he absolutely agreed with that.

"There's aspects that he's pleased with and things we can do better on but overall he was pleased."

Asked if he’s focusing on taking the Giggs’ role for the upcoming European Championship, Page said: "No. I'm not interested in that. It's for other people to make those decisions, we're not worrying about that."

source: SportMob