John Benjamin Toshack spoke to radio station 'La Xarxa' about compatriot Gareth Bale. The Wales coach had nothing but praise for the Real Madrid player: "I don’t want to go into the ins and outs of what he is worth but what I do know is that Bale is not very far from Cristiano Ronaldo and Messi’s level".

Toshack exonerated the former Tottenham player from responsibility over the huge sum agreed for his transfer saying: "The player is not to blame for the €100 million fee. If clubs and presidents have reached that point it's their fault".

He also called for fans to be patient with the forward after being out of action most of the summer. "He's had bad luck not to train during the summer caused by the drama between Tottenham and

Real Madrid but Bale is a fantastic player. There's no need to have any doubts about Gareth Bale I can assure you" he said emphatically.

The Wales manager also talked about the situation regarding the up-and-coming talent at Real. "For people like Illarramendi Isco or the young players from El Castilla if they look at Ancelotti and Zidane’s bench then it is imposing.