Bale needs time to hit top form, Coleman says

The 24-year-old became the world's most expensive footballer when he completed a reported £85.3 million move from Tottenham in September.

But the Wales international has been plagued by a thigh injury since switching to the Spanish capital, while his new club were also forced to release a statement earlier this week denying reports he had suffered a slipped disc.

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