- Wales travel to the far east to play in the China Cup tournament next March
- Chris Coleman indicated he could take likes of Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey
- The 47-year-old’s contract runs out after the current international break
The 47-year-old is in talks over an extension to his contact, which runs out after this international break, and he has so far remained tight-lipped on his future.
But the manner in which he answered a question about the likes of Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey potentially travelling to the Far East for matches against China, Czech Republic, and Uruguay, indicated his desire to continue.
Chris Coleman has indicated he could remain as Wales boss beyond the end of his contract
Wales will travel nearly 6,000 miles (and then again) to compete in the China Cup in March
It is unclear whether Real Madrid, Arsenal and other clubs would sanction players making an 11,000-mile round trip at a crucial stage of the season and Coleman admitted there were no guarantees around his big-name players.
He said: ‘You hear stories like that with Portugal having to take Cristiano Ronaldo or Argentina having to take Lionel Messi to certain competitions. But I’ ve not seen a contract that says that.
‘I imagine all our big players will want to go. Of course I’m going to pick the strongest squad I can get my hands on.’
Ashley Williams said he would be keen to join up. ‘I think it’s one you want to be involved in,’ said the Everton defender.
The Welsh squad were in Paris on Thursday night ahead of their friendly with France
Wales failed to qualify for next year’s World Cup after losing to the Republic of Ireland
Ashley Williams insisted he wants Coleman to stay in charge of the national side
‘It’s something different for us. As a group to travel to a different part of the world, it’ll be good for the squad. The more time we can spend with each other on trips like that the better it will be on the field.’
Coleman said he expects a resolution to contract negotiations ‘just after this camp’ and captain Williams insisted he wants his manager in place ‘forever’.
The pair are in Paris to face France a month on from the loss to Republic of Ireland that ended World Cup ambitions and Coleman said Friday night’s game will help heal the wounds.
‘If there was any type of hangover, this is the perfect remedy, a game like this in a stadium like this,’ said Coleman at the Stade de France.
‘There was absolute devastation of losing that last game, our only loss in 10. But this is a test of disappointment, you have to show your mettle.
‘Of course we’re jealous of teams in the play-offs but I think it’s a healthy jealousy.’
Stoke midfielder Joe Allen controls the ball during a training session at the Stade de France
Author: Nancy Parker
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