Gareth Bale has missed out on “millions” in sponsorship deals by refusing to play for England, his agent said.
Jonathan Barnett revealed that when he attempted to persuade the winger to represent England, Bale’s Welsh parents, Frank and Debbie, were vehemently against it.
Speaking at the Soccerex Convention in Manchester, Barnett said: “When we first got together when he was 15, we talked about whether he was going to play for England or Wales. I nearly got my head bitten off by his dad, who is fanatically Welsh, and his mum.
“He could have qualified through his grandmother and I tell you that it has cost him millions and millions of pounds. You can imagine what it would have been like if he were playing for England next summer in the Euros... but he does love playing for Wales.”
Barnett is also the agent to Aston Villa star Jack Grealish who is expected to declare whether he wants to play for England or the Republic of Ireland by the end of this month after a tug-of-war between the two countries.
The agent's comments suggest that he will be advising Grealish to lean towards choosing Roy Hodgson's side. (© Independent News Service)
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