Wales coach Chris Coleman says Gareth Bale's presence frightens opponents
Chris Coleman says the mere presence of Gareth Bale in his ranks should help Wales to put the frighteners on opponents.
Last Updated: 04/09/13 10:24am
Bale has just become the world's most expensive footballer, with a record-breaking 100million euro (£85.3m) deal taking him from Tottenham Hotspur to Real Madrid.
His first outings since completing that switch could come in the colours of his country, with Wales due to face Macedonia and Serbia in a 2014 World Cup qualifying double-header.
Coleman will not be taking any risks on Bale's fitness, as he is yet to take in competitive action this term, but feels the aura surrounding his most prized asset will be enough to instil fear into the hearts of Wales' Group A rivals.
He said: "The fact he is in our squad is enough. If I am the manager of Macedonia and I know he is on his way over, that is a threat in itself.
"I experienced that in my own career when I played in good teams with some special players, it makes a difference when you are lining up in the tunnel.
"With Blackburn, we had Alan Shearer playing for us, and we knew if we kept a clean sheet we would win, because he would score. Even better than that, the opposition knew it.
"When you have a player of that importance in your team it doesn't half give you confidence."
Coleman is also convinced that Bale will not allow superstardom to go to his head, with the 24-year-old forward having taken a summer of intense scrutiny in his stride.
He added: "If you imagine what is going on in his mind, the experience he has had, it's probably a relief that he has signed because it has been going on for so long. It has finally happened for him and he is dealing with all that.
"I had already spoken with him the day before and he told me that he was flying in to Madrid for the unveiling and when it was done he would jump on a flight and come straight back.
"So I just said, 'text me when you arrive back at the hotel so I know your movements'. That is exactly what he did. That is the attitude you are looking for from your players, all of your players."
You can watch Wales take on Macedonia on Friday, live on Sky Sports 3HD at 5.55pm