‘Bale is risking his career’

Former Wales assistant Coach Raymond Verheijen has accused Gareth Bale of putting his career on the line by staying at Real Madrid.

Welshman Bale returned to action for Madrid last Saturday after two months out with a nagging calf injury, scoring in a 7-1 thrashing of Celta Vigo, but Dutchman Verheijen, who is primarily a fitness Coach, believes the 26-year-old is “playing Russian roulette”.

“Does he want to risk injuries every season or look for a club with a very professional approach and a very healthy injury record?

“There are not many but they are there. Staying at that club is basically playing Russian roulette with your career,” the Dutchman told BBC Wales Sport.

Verheijen, 44, was assistant to the late Wales boss Gary Speed, who died in November 2011 aged 42.

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