WALES boss Robert Page wants the future of Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey settled so they have a full pre-season ahead of the World Cup.
Page’s Dragons booked a berth in Qatar this month – the nation’s first finals in 64 years.
But there are as many as 11 stars including Bale and Ramsey struggling to qualify for November’s finals, facing a difficult time with uncertain future prospects to play more football.
Wales boss Page said: “The lads know where they are but I want my players to have a good pre-season.
“I’m not overly concerned about that, but in an ideal world we want our players to play. Of course we do.”
“In order to reach and maintain the next level, it is important that the majority of our players play week after week.”
Bale, 32, will leave Real Madrid when his contract expires at the end of this month and the Wales captain has been heavily linked with hometown club Cardiff.
But there are several others in Page’s squad who need to secure first-team football at home in order to be in top form for the World Cup group games against USA, Iran and England.
Ramsey, 31, returns to Juventus after a loan spell with Rangers for the final year of his contract but the disgraced midfielder’s future in Italy remains in doubt.
Page added: “Aaron and Gareth are both very important players for us. They show up in big games and score goals for us.
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“Sometimes Aaron’s reputation precedes him in terms of how robust he goes from game to game.
“But he’s shown every time he shows up for Wales that he’s more than capable of playing back-to-back games.”
Joe Allen missed Tuesday’s 3-2 Nations League defeat in Holland with a hamstring injury and is out of contract after his contract with Stoke expires.
The Championship Club have offered new terms but with interest from ex-club Swansea, Allen, 32, is evaluating his options.
Page said: “He’s a tremendous asset to us. What he’s done for Welsh football over the years has been incredible and he’s still a huge role for me to move forward.
“He’s going to be 100 per cent in my World Cup squad, there’s no doubt about that, so it’s about getting him to the best place now to go out and enjoy his football, wherever that may be.
“Every club is an option for him. He has options on the table. He might have to wait a bit but we know he’ll play football next season, it’s just a matter of finding out where.”
Alongside the experienced trio of Bale, Ramsey and Allen, there are doubts about the future of Tottenham centre-back Joe Rodon, who has been struggling for game time under Antonio Conte.
Both Aaron and Gareth are very important players for us. They show up in big games and score goals for us.
Wales manager Robert Page
Nottingham Forest, Fulham, Wolves and Brighton have all been linked with the 24-year-old defender.
Record cap holder Chris Gunter at 109 is untied after leaving Charlton at the end of last season.
Goalkeepers Wayne Hennessey and Danny Ward rarely played at club level for Burnley and Leicester respectively.
Hennessey, who excelled in the play-off final against Ukraine, is hoping Nick Pope will move to a Premier League club to open the door to more football.
Youngsters Neco Williams, Ethan Ampadu, Dylan Levitt and Rabbi Matondo, all 21, had successful loan spells last season but are now keen to continue ahead of the finals.
Williams played at Fulham during their promotion campaign but is set to return to Liverpool.
Chelsea defender Ampadu was a regular at Venezia from Serie A despite relegation.
Levitt was a standout player for Dundee United on loan from Manchester United and the midfielder is now hoping to impress new boss Erik Ten Hag at Old Trafford.
And Matondo has attracted interest from six clubs after the striker returned to Schalke after a season at Belgian club Cercle Brugge.
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