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 By PA Sport

Real Madrid have final say on Bale's role in Wales friendlies - Coleman

Stewart Robson believes it's in Gareth Bale's best interest to step out of the shadows of Real Madrid's abundance of talent.

Wales boss Chris Coleman admits Gareth Bale's involvement in forthcoming friendlies against France and Panama will be determined by his club Real Madrid.

Bale has not played since Real's Champions League victory against Borussia Dortmund on Sept. 26 because of a calf injury.

The 28-year-old forward missed Wales' final two World Cup qualifiers last month as the Dragons failed to qualify for the 2018 finals in Russia.

But Bale was named in the Wales squad for the Paris friendly with France on Nov. 10 and the home game with World Cup-bound Panama four days later, possibly the final two matches of Coleman's reign as talks continue over the manager's future.

On Wednesday, Bale posted pictures on social media of himself stepping up his fitness in Madrid and Coleman said: "We are in open dialogue with Real and we will be governed by what they say. He will be training with us because he is at a good level.

"If they [Real] say he can play 10 or 20 minutes then great. If they say no, then absolutely not.

"We will tell them where he is and they will get data off us every day like they always do.

"We will know anyway when we see him but if Madrid say he is not playing, he is not playing.

Wales manager Chris Coleman says Real Madrid will decide if Gareth Bale plays for his country in upcoming friendlies.

"If they say he can play 20 or 30 minutes that is exactly what will happen, but we are just delighted that he is going to be involved in some capacity.''

Bale was among the group of Wales players who attempted to convince Coleman to stay on after last month's 1-0 defeat to the Republic of Ireland had eliminated them from the World Cup.

Coleman has held initial talks with the Football of Association of Wales about remaining in a position he has filled since January 2012.

But he admits talks are at a delicate stage and says "there will probably be another two or three conversations before we get to a yes or no from either party.''

One individual bowing out from international football, however, is James Collins.

The West Ham centre-back turned 34 in August and has decided to focus solely on his club career after winning 50 caps and scoring three goals for Wales.

Collins has not played for Wales since September 2016, but Coleman said: "Unfortunately for us he wants to spend a bit more time on himself to try and extend his domestic career.

"He has said if we're absolutely desperate he would come out of retirement -- and it speaks volumes for 'Ginge' he has given us that option.

"His attitude has washed off on everybody because he is always so positive.

"He did not play all the games at Euro 2016, but 'Ginge' was brilliant for us in France because he was such a loud voice and big character.''

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