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Ledley says Bale is still ‘one of the boys’

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Despite getting a new, and very well-paid contract at Real Madrid, Joe Ledley says that Gareth Bale is still equal to the other players in the Welsh national team.

Bale, 27, signed a new six-year contract with Real Madrid, which is reportedly worth up to £150 million. But despite the huge wage discrepancy compared to the other players in the Wales squad, he is still “one of the boys” according to Ledley, who hails Bale as one of the best players in the world.

“He deserves every penny and whatever he gets in life,” Ledley said. “He’s proven to be one of the greatest players on this planet. There is no jealousy whatsoever. We have known Gareth since he was a boy at Southampton and I haven’t seen any change in him at all – that is brilliant on his behalf.

“People can change in football and go different ways but he has just stayed on that straight and narrow line and remained the same person.

“He’s just one of the boys – we don’t care who he is, we will still hammer him and he will hammer us. That’s the banter we have here. If you ask him, he loves meeting up with Wales and that is the togetherness we have in this squad. It doesn’t matter who anybody is. We are all together as a team and you can’t treat anybody different to anybody else. We are all equal.”

Wales takes on Serbia in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers on Saturday at the Cardiff City Stadium.

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