Wales latest: Bale begins pre-season in local park; Swansea deny Fernandez bid

The latest football stories hitting the headlines in Wales, as Real Madrid star Gareth Bale begins his pre-season.

A round-up of all the football news in Wales, as Gareth Bale begins pre-season, Cardiff City draw with Conference opposition and Swansea City dismiss Federico Fernandez rumours.

1. Bale begins pre-season in local park

Real Madrid star Gareth Bale has begun his pre-season in Cardiff, albeit in his local park. Bale is currently home in Wales as he waits for the majority of his Madrid team-mates to finish their holidays following the World Cup.

The most expensive player in the history of football posted a photo of himself playing with friends in his local park via Twitter.

2. Swansea chairman defuses Fernandez rumours

Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins looks to have defused speculation that the club are on the verge of signing Argentina defender Fernandez.

The club were thought to be planning a bid for the centre-back following the conclusion of the World Cup on Sunday, but Jenkins has suggested otherwise.

"I think Garry has got his four central defenders and until that changes, that's the way it will stay," the Swansea chairman told the Evening Post.

3. Cardiff draw with conference opposition

Cardiff drew 1-1 with Conference outfit Bath City in their second pre-season friendly in five days.

The Bluebirds beat Carmarthen 3-0 earlier in the week, but were held against fifth-tier opposition on Saturday.

Jo Inge Berget grabbed the goal for Cardiff, as the likes of Fabio, Federico Macheda, Adam LeFondre and Javi Guerra all featured.

4. Swans confirm Napoli approach for Michu

Swansea City have confirmed that Napoli have made contact over the transfer of Michu.

The Italian side are looking to sign the Spaniard, who had a torrid time with injuries last season, with Jenkins confirming that negotiations are ongoing.

“Napoli have enquired about Michu and we have been talking to them and to Michu's agent,” Jenkins told the South Wales Evening Post.

5. McNaughton to return to Bolton

Cardiff defender Kevin McNaughton will return to Bolton Wanderers for a loan spell, according to Bluebirds boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

McNaughton had a spell with the club last year, making 13 appearences and scoring once, with Solskjaer confirming that it will be a season-long loan deal.

"Kevin's move to Bolton might go through and it will be a season-long loan," he said to WalesOnline. "He is at a stage of his career where he needs to be playing regular football and we have a lot of full-backs at the club.”

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