Coleman is delighted Ash still a Jack
CHRIS Coleman has admitted he is happy that Ashley Williams is remaining a Swansea City player.
The Wales centre-back found himself the subject of intense speculation during the close season, with reports linking up with a swoop by Arsenal.
Williams's performances have attracted attention since Swansea's elevation to the top flight, a level at which the former Stockport defender has shone.
But with the summer transfer window now closed, Williams is staying put at the Liberty and Coleman reckons that is excellent news.
"For Ash, whether he stayed at Swansea or moved he was going to be a regular, that's the way Ash is, he's not a squad player," said the Wales manager He could play for most teams and the fact he's at Swansea, great. He's been a great servant for Swansea and he's had great success there.
"I think he's got another two years on his contract, but Ashley's one of these players that even if he'd had a move to a big club I wouldn't have worried about him. I know what he's like mentally.
"It would be great if Swansea signed more Welsh players and Cardiff signed more Welsh players and they could play in the Premier League.
"But at the end of the day Michael Laudrup and Malky Mackay have to do what's best for their clubs not what's necessarily what's best for me and Wales."
Williams is expected to skipper his country in Macedonia on Friday and in another World Cup qualifier against Serbia at the Cardiff City Stadium four days later. Ben Davies should also start, while Swansea team-mates Neil Taylor and Jazz Richards have been ruled out through injury.
But one man who could feature is Gareth Bale.
The newly signed Real Madrid player was presented to 20,000 fans at the Bernabeu on Monday following his world record £86 million move from Tottenham.
Bale jumped on a plane immediately after that glittering unveiling and arrived at Wales's Cardiff base in the early hours of yesterday morning.
The winger has been struggling with a foot problem over the summer, an issue which disrupted his pre-season.
Coleman accepted Bale probably is not fit enough to start in Wales's upcoming qualification double header. But he indicated the 24-year-old could play some part in the next two matches.
"In the past six months to two months Gareth has not done much at all, if anything," said Coleman. "I think his last training session was with us when he trained with our physio. He's done next to nothing.
"But he's here which is brilliant, he trained with us so let's see how he gets through that. Is he going to start on Friday? I think that's a doubt but that's not to say he can't play a part though.
"I'm delighted with his attitude, not surprised by it because I know the type of lad he is. I know he's passionate about playing for Wales. He called me to say he's was going to the unveiling at Real Madrid and said he would be straight back. He text me to say he had arrived in the hotel as I asked him to, and I think that speaks volumes for the lad."