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Tottenham's Real Madrid target to fulfill Wales obligations - Coleman

Wales boss Chris Coleman has made it clear that Gareth Bale will represent his country early next month despite his club future still being so uncertain.

The Tottenham star is still on the verge of making a world-record transfer to Real Madrid but with that still to be sorted, Coleman says his most dangerous player will be on hand to help the country take on Macedonia and Serbia in World Cup qualifiers on September 6 and 10 respectively.

"Until we are told specifically that he is physically unavailable, he's available," Coleman, whose Dragons are chasing a playoff spot, told Sky Sports News.

"We know what is going on and it is not easy for him, or for Tottenham. But he is very much part of our plans.

"With Gareth, there is obviously a lot going on mentally, but to have him is a boost for us.

"Maybe he won't be able to finish 90 minutes, but if he can play some part then it is a big boost."

Of the situation, Coleman added: "He has got to take it in his stride. He is in that pressure-cooker situation where the spotlight is on him.

"It is difficult for Tottenham too in that people are speaking about one of their players. He is still their player.

"It is public knowledge that something could be happening. It's not been easy for him. But he is a very unassuming lad. He is very grounded."

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