Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has admitted his admiration for Real Madrid star Gareth Bale and Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey. Both players will be missing for Wales against Van Gaal's Holland tonight.

"I am a little bit disappointed but I can understand it because Bale has a difficult, but also impressive, season under his belt," Van Gaal said.

"It is better that we have the best team of Wales because we need resistance. I think Wales without these players are weaker.

"But I have seen Wales play, against Iceland and Finland, and I like the way that they play - they want the ball.

"So it's not a bad team - but with Bale it is always better, with Ramsey also."

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