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Gareth Bale and Wales squad hold crucial talks with Wales FA as boss withdraws £3m World Cup qualifying bonus

WALES stars will negotiate their World Cup bonus with their football association.

The FAW originally offered the squad a £3million jackpot to end 64 years of worldwide qualifying and reach the final in Qatar.

The Welsh stars face tense talks with the Welsh FA after bosses attempted to renegotiate their World Cup qualifying bonus to a lower amount

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The Welsh stars face tense talks with the Welsh FA after bosses attempted to renegotiate their World Cup qualifying bonus to a lower amountPhoto credit: Reuters

But just days after Robert Page’s heroes made history in a 1-0 triumph over Ukraine to qualify, SunSport understands chief executive Noel Mooney may want to renegotiate the deal with a lower offer.

A group of four senior players – led by captain Gareth Bale – will represent the squad in talks with the FAW, including Mooney and president Steve Williams.

Excitement is also believed to be building as even a revised pre-qualifier bonus offer has been touted.

The Wales Committee includes Aaron Ramsey, Chris Gunter and Ben Davies.

Mooney, who became FAW CEO in July 2021, says Wales will be paid nearly £10m for World Cup qualifying.

In addition to player bonuses, a portion of this pot also goes towards operating costs for the finals, while the remainder is available for investment in facilities.

Mooney also said the FAW would be happy to see Bale play his club football in Wales ahead of the World Cup.

Bale is available on a free transfer after leaving Real Madrid after nine trophy-filled years in Spain and has been heavily linked with a return to hometown club Cardiff.

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Mooney said: “His club situation is totally up to him who he signs for.

“As long as he takes us to the World Cup next November, we’ll be happy.

“We’re at Cardiff City Stadium here and the FAW are out in the Vale of Glamorgan, which isn’t that far away.

“From a logistical point of view, and because the FAW is selfish, we’d be happy if he returned to this area – or anywhere close by, to be fair – we’d be happy because we’d see more of him.”

“The more we see of Gareth the better.

“If he comes back to this part of the world we would be very happy.”

Tottenham star Ben Davies is delighted to be part of the club's World Cup gang

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Tottenham star Ben Davies is delighted to be part of the club’s World Cup gangCredit: PA

Ben Davies, on the other hand delighted to be part of Tottenham’s World Cup final gang.

The Welsh defender excelled in last Sunday’s 1-0 win over Ukraine to end 64 years of qualifying torment.

Now Davies, 29, and his Welsh pal Joe Rodon will join Spurs team-mates Harry Kane, Son Heung-Min and Hugo Lloris in Qatar.

Fellow Tottenham stars Cristian Romero, Emerson Royal, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Steven Bergwijn and Rodrigo Bentancur have all qualified for November’s finals.

Davies said: “The boys have come forward. They congratulated me on a great day for Welsh football. We are all happy.”

Marathon man Davies made his 51st appearance of the season as Wales captain in their 2-1 Nations League defeat by Holland.

He was one of only four survivors in Robert Page’s side that made history and reached the finals of the World Cup last Sunday.

Both Spurs and Wales play a three-back and Davies on the left has become a regular in Antonio Conte’s Champions League qualifiers as well as for Robert Page’s Dragons.

Davies, who has been at Tottenham since 2014 and won his 72nd cap against the Dutch, added: “It’s my best season. I feel like I played well. It went well.

“I feel fit. At the end of the season, these internationals are the focus, I just want to keep going.”

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