It was Bale’s free-kick that was inadvertently headed in by Andriy Yarmolenko to give Wales a 1-0 win over Ukraine on Sunday and secure their place at the tournament. Former Aston Villa striker Gabriel Agbonlahor has said he would make a move for Bale this summer, if he was in charge of the club’s recruitment.

“I’d take him, yeah,” Agbonlahor told talkSPORT . “Because Leon Bailey had his injury problems and not performed. Aston Villa have got options in Coutinho and Buendia but Bale would offer something different coming from the wide position.”

However, it was pointed out to the ex-striker that he had previously said ‘top clubs’ would not choose to sign Bale. Asked if he currently considered Villa to be an elite side, Agbonlahor responded: “Not in the Premier League at the moment, no. I wouldn’t say they were.”

There had been suggestions that Bale could possibly retire at the end of his Real Madrid contract. However, after Wales secured World Cup qualification, the forward told Sky Sports light-heartedly that his retirement plans had been postponed “for a little bit”. Wales’ opening group game against USA will take place on 21 November, while the tournament in Qatar will conclude on 18 December.