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Wales' Bale: My goal drought doesn’t matter, I’ve made assists

Sat 12 June 2021 | 14:49

The Wales international insisted that it ‘doesn’t matter’ that he is having a goal drought since he is contributing in other ways.

Robert Page 

is guiding Wales in their third major tournament, planning to recreate Chris Coleman’s achievements as they head to lock horns with Switzerland on Saturday.

Gareth Bale

last met the back of the net for his country in October 2019, but has contributed to four goals in the last seven games he featured in. The 31-year-old is “not worried” about not finding the target in the recent matches.

"

It doesn't matter. I've made assists. I'm still contributing. I'm not worried,"

Bale said on Friday.

"

If the chances arise to score, hopefully I can take it,"

he added.

Page, who will be in charge for the tournament since Ryan Giggs is dealing with trial, has supported the Wales captain, who is the country’s all-time goalscorer.

"

It's not the end of the world. If he's not scoring he's supplying goals,"

Page said.

"If he's not scoring it's important he's setting up goals, and he's doing that."

Bale is one of the players that went on a semi-final run at Euro 2016, where Portugal knocked them out.

"

It's similar (to Euro 2016) coming into the tournament,"

said the Real Madrid forward, who spent last season on loan at Tottenham.

"On the back of 2016 there should be expectations, but it's a different team and a different tournament."

Other rivals in Group A are Italy and Turkey, who locked horns on Friday in a clash that saw Italy thrash Turkey 3-0.

Wales are not going to host any of the matches, with their battle against Turkey being played in Baku before they face Italy in Rome.

"

We know it's a difficult group to get out of,"

Bale said.

"They are all difficult teams to play against, but we've got to take one game at a time.

"We are very excited to be here and one day away. I feel fine and ready to give 100 per cent for my country, as I always do."

Aaron Ramsey was a key player for Wales’ warm-up games with France and Albania, but the 30-year-old did not play on Thursday’s training session.

Page, however, thinks the Juventus midfielder’s condition is not serious.

"There are no issues with Aaron whatsoever. He didn't train yesterday. That was always part of the plan,"

Page said

.

"We worked backwards from Switzerland. Aaron has always been part of the process.

"He said yesterday he's in a good place. That's great news for us,"

he added

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source: SportMob