ROB PAGE has told Wales’ main men Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey that they MUST play regularly at club level to shine at the World Cup.
The longtime superstars are finally realizing their ambition to play for the Dragons on the biggest stage in November.
However, both will have to make big decisions about their club future to ensure they travel to Qatar in the best possible condition.
Bale, 32, wants a short-term contract until autumn after his nine-year spell at Real Madrid.
Meanwhile, Ramsey, who spent the final four months of the season on loan at Rangers, will return to Juventus in July knowing he is not currently in the first-team.
Championship side Cardiff are evaluating possible offers for both players – but there will certainly be other offers.
Interim Wales boss Page believes Bale risks going into the tournament “undercooked” unless he gets some playing time in the five months leading up to the tournament.
He said: “Gareth understands what he has to do. His problems in the past were not playing week after week. When he came to camp for the Belarus game, he was undercooked and pinched his calf.
“He understands he has to play. It’s up to him and his family to decide where best to set the mood for November. It can even be short term.
“He has worked so hard throughout his career and is the ultimate professional. He earned the right to lead our country to a World Cup.
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“Whatever he’s doing from now until then, it’s really important for him to get himself in the best physical condition.”
Bale could well decide to retire after the tournament and Page was asked if it would be possible for the former Spurs star to just train over the next five months.
Page added: “You can do all the training in the world, but it’s not what you expect in a game. He needs home football at whatever level.
“I still think he can play in the Premier League and he has a lot to offer which I see on a daily basis.
“No matter what level he goes into, he has to have that competitive edge. Train with a group of people day in, day out and then play a few games.”
Page has held talks with Ramsey, 31, about his plans.
His loan deal to Gers didn’t work out as hoped so he will return to Torino for the pre-season knowing he is unlikely to play.
Dragons boss Page said: “I’ll have a chat with him at the end of camp. He’s an experienced player who knows what’s best for him.
“If he has to go back and do a pre-season and see where he is, then he’ll probably do that to get fit and then make the decision before the window closes and get out. He might have another loan move.”
Page is happy he will be in charge of Wales at the World Cup – as he would now be out of contract if they had lost to Ukraine.
There remains a question mark over what would happen if Ryan Giggs is acquitted in a court hearing later this summer.
But for now, the former Watford defender goes into tonight’s Nations League clash against Holland with confidence.
Page said: “It was a little bit annoying getting into camp. I was totally focused on the games, but in the back of my mind I was out of contract if things didn’t go our way.”
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