Real Madrid star Gareth Bale giving £1m to fight coronavirus in Wales and Spain

Real Madrid star Gareth Bale is reportedly donating almost £1m to fight coronavirus in both Wales and Spain.

Bale also posted a video thanking NHS staff for their work in combating the spread of Covid-19.

Wales ace Bale and his family have been in lockdown in Spain since March 14, with the country having imposed some of the tightest restrictions in Europe to combat the spread of Covid-19.

The 30-year-old and his wife Emma have made a £500,000 donation to the NHS in Cardiff, and are set to follow that up by handing €500,000 (around £439,000) to the health service in Madrid, according to The Guardian.

Bale made his donation to the Cardiff and Vale Health University health board, which is linked to the hospital where he was born.

In a video message published by the health board, Bale said: “I just wanted to make this video to thank everybody in the NHS for all their hard work and sacrifice during this Covid-19 crisis .

“The University Hospital in Wales holds a special place in my heart. It is where I was born and it’s provided great support to my friends, my family and the wider community.

"So me and my family would like to show our support. Keep up the good work. You’re doing an amazing job and thank you very much.”

Former Tottenham ace Bale has been linked with a return to the Premier League in recent months, but now appears set to stay at Real Madrid for at least another season after the Spanish giants ruled out marquee signings this summer.

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