Coleman expects Bale to shine

Wales manager Chris Coleman does not see any reason why Gareth Bale would want to leave Real Madrid and believes he will thrive under new coach Rafael Benitez this season.

Bale came in for significant criticism last term after he struggled to replicate the form he showed in his first season at the club.

The fans' frustration was compounded by the fact Los Blancos ended the season trophyless, finishijng behind champions Barcelona in La Liga while losing their Champions League semi-final against Juventus.

Coleman concedes the star winger unfairly caught the brunt of the disapproval, but is confident the 26-year-old will be able to put it all behind him and start the new season fresh.

"I know he came in for a lot of criticism and was seen at the president's boy because of the huge transfer fee and he was targeted," Coleman told Goals on Sunday.

"I watched a lot of Madrid's games and Ronaldo, Benzema, Isco were having bad times, but Balely was targeted for sure and they left him out in the cold.

"The newspapers gave him a hard time when most of the players were having a tough time, but he is strong enough and come through that and I think he will have a good season with Benitez."

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