Gareth Bale will play in the Champions League final this weekend, but could deal new Manchester United manager a loss before the World Cup.
Real Madrid and Wales starlet Gareth Bale will feature in a friendly match against Holland next month, should he come through Saturday’s Champions League final unscathed.
Bale is set to feature for Madrid in Lisbon this weekend, as he bids to help the club claim their tenth European Cup in their elusive history.
Real face local rivals Atletico in the final, and will be more than aware of their dangers after Diego Simeone’s clinched the La Liga title last weekend.
Bale, although not directly involved with Wales in this summer’s World Cup, could still have a say regarding the confidence of the tournament’s big-hitters.
Wales will play the Netherlands on June 4 in Amsterdam, with their opposition being managed by newly confirmed Manchester United boss Louis Van Gaal. The Dutch will be among those expected to reach the latter stages of the World Cup in Brazil, but could be dealt an early confidence blow should Bale turn on the heat in their friendly.
Holland face a challenging group stage round, with games against holder’s Spain, Chile and Australia determining whether they reach the knock-out round. Wales are ranked above Australia in the official FIFA World Rankings, and could serve as a surprise test for Van Gaal.
Bale will also line-up against Manchester United striker Robin Van Persie, who will no doubt lead the line for Holland this summer should he stay injury free. Arjen Robben is likely to feature on the flanks for Holland, and will again meet with Bale after the pair faced off in the Champions League semi-final, where Madrid beat Bayern Munich 5-0 on aggregate.
Arsenal’s FA Cup winning hero Aaron Ramsey will not play in the friendly due to injury, and will be forced to watch on as Bale and his team-mates try and derail Holland’s World Cup preparations.