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Gareth Bale fuels emotional Cardiff transfer talk as he speaks with manager Morison and urges squad

GARETH BALE has further fueled Cardiff City fans’ fantasy that he could play for his hometown club next season.

Cardiff host Swansea in the second leg of the South Wales derby in the Welsh capital today at the very ground where Bale thrilled the crowd last week with a virtuoso two-goal performance against Austria.

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Bale has hinted at a potential move to CardiffCredit: Getty

It took his country less than a win away from reaching its first World Cup final since 1958.

Wales will meet Scotland or Ukraine in June in the Welsh capital to decide who will finish last in Qatar. By then, Bale’s nine-year reign in Spain with Real Madrid will be over.

If Wales win in June, they will need to stay fit and keep a game sharp.

His home on the outskirts of Cardiff is five minutes from Cardiff training ground and 20 minutes from their stadium.

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As Spurs cling to hopes he could opt for a third stint at the club to use the Premier League for his match training ahead of a possible World Cup swansong, Bluebirds fans are living in hope for a dream comeback for their ultimate hero.

Morison said: “I saw Gareth here every day when he was in the Wales camp and we said hello to each other every day.

“All he said to me was ‘make sure you beat Swansea’!

“The real conversation was, ‘you’re fine, aren’t you?’

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“I told him we did well and he asked ‘who do you have next?’ and I told him it was Swansea.

“‘Make sure you beat them because I want to hammer Connor (Roberts).’

“You can do whatever you want with it. Other than that, there was no other conversation.

“I’m not one to get caught up in stuff like that and right now it’s all just fantasy.

“Until someone calls me and says Gareth coming to Cardiff City is an option, it’s not something I’m going to worry about.

“It’s an absolute pipe dream right now, there’s not even a need to worry.

“I don’t want to get caught up in anything that might be utter nonsense.”

The fact that the 32-year-old was interested in the Cardiff season and nailed his colors to the flagpole ahead of Welsh football’s biggest game, will leave everyone hoping he could swap El Classico for an equally important national downfall in his native country later.

This week, it was reported that Bale could opt for a short-term contract elsewhere when his deal with Real Madrid expires.

It’s understood the Bluebirds are keen to make a bold move for the striker but his salary could prove to be a huge obstacle.

Bale is currently the highest earner in LaLiga, with a mouth-watering weekly salary of £550,000.

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This sum will have to decrease sharply if he wishes to move elsewhere, in particular to Cardiff.

AC Milan are also interested in signing the superstar, with sporting director Paolo Maldini having started talks with his representatives.