After naming his 27-man team for the forthcoming international break, Wales caretaker manager Rob Page concedes Gareth Bale's return to Real Madrid is a "plus."
The only changes from the Euro 2020 team are George Thomas, Brennan Johnson, and James Lawrence, who replace Ben Cabango and Connor Roberts.
On September 1, Wales will play a friendly in Finland before returning to Russia four days later to begin their World Cup qualifying campaign against Belarus.
On September 8, Page's team will play Estonia, with all three matches shown live on Sky Sports.
Bale is four games away from reaching 100 caps for Welsh, and after two starts and one goal in La Liga since returning to Real Madrid, Page is pleased to see the Wales captain has "caught the bug" for the game again.
"It's fantastic news."
When your players arrive at camp, you want them to be playing competitive football," Page told Sky Sports News.
"To get any of your guys playing week in, week out is a benefit, but when you've got Gareth playing now and seeing he's got the bug back again, which I saw in some of his performances for Tottenham at the back end of last season, is excellent news for us," Bale said after Real Madrid's 3-3 draw with Levante on the weekend.
"Not at all," Page stated emphatically.
"He's got a want to play week in, week out for his club, and he's got an unbelievable hunger and desire to play for Wales, and as long as I can see that in his performances, there's going to be no issues whatsoever," Wales caretaker manager Rob Page says of midfielder Aaron Ramsey, who was included in the team for next season.
"It's fantastic that he's beginning over and getting back into the manager's thoughts," Page continued.
"In the Euros, he really impressed me."
It was the first time I actually worked with him for that amount of time, and I was extremely impressed, so it's no surprise that he's started the season well with his club." Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player. Rabbi Matondo has been left out of Wales' squad for next month's World Cup qualifiers due to fitness concerns, according to caretaker manager Rob Page.
Page described him as a "excellent player."
"If he keeps working hard and growing, there's exciting stuff to come from him," Page said of Brentford's interest. "When you give performances at that age and with the talents that he has, you're going to be associated with clubs, but he can't let that distract him; he's got to stay focused on the job in hand, which is playing for Forest and Wales."
The Bees are unwilling to spend that much for a player who spent the majority of last season on loan in League One, when he helped Lincoln City reach the play-off final.
They are considering making a offer for the Wales international, who scored 11 goals for the Imps and started Forest's first three games of the season, before the deadline, but they also have other attacking-midfielder possibilities.
Defenders: Chris Gunter (Charlton Athletic), Ben Davies (Tottenham Hotspur), Ethan Ampadu (Chelsea), Chris Mepham (Bournemouth), Joe Rodon (Tottenham Hotspur), Neco Williams (Liverpool), Tom Lockyer (Luton Town), James Lawrence (FC St Pauli), Rhys Norrington-Davies (Sheffield United) Goalkeepers: Wayne Hennessey (Burnley
Scott McTominay has missed out on selection for Scotland's upcoming World Cup qualifiers but captain Andy Robertson and Kieran Tierney are both included in Steve Clarke's squad. McTominay picked up an injury following Manchester United's Premier League opener against Leeds which prevented him from starting in their 1-1 draw at Southampton on Saturday. Clark, 29, has secured his maiden call-up after winning a cup double with St Johnstone last season, while Kelly is set to make his first international cap despite being included in previous squads. Full Scotland squadImage: Scotland manager Steve Clarke his hoping his side can build on an encouraging Euro 2020 showingGoalkeepers: Craig Gordon (Hearts), Zander Clark (St Johnstone), Liam Kelly (Motherwell). Strikers: Lyndon Dykes (Queens Park Rangers), Che Adams (Southampton), Ryan Christie (Celtic), Ryan Fraser (Newcastle), James Forrest (Celtic), Kevin Nisbet (Hibernian).
W illian is closing in on a move to Corinthians as Arsenal look to offload players before the transfer window shuts next week. Arsenal are keen to trim their squad further before the August 31 deadline and Willian is one of those who can leave. The Brazilian, who joined Arsenal from Chelsea on a free transfer last summer, has slipped down the pecking order at Emirates Stadium. Talks with Corinthians are at an advanced stage and there is optimism a deal will be done before the transfer window shuts. Kolasinac is another player Arsenal would be happy to offload, but his £100,000-a-week wages could prove a stumbling block.
Barcelona left-back Jordi Alba will follow in Gerard Pique's footsteps and take a significant pay cut to help the club ease off some of their financial burden, according to reports from ESPN. However, things seem to be heading in the right direction after Gerard Pique decided to voluntarily reduce this wage to help Barcelona register new signings Eric Garcia and Memphis Depay along with Rey Manaj. Jordi Alba has become the second Barcelona player to accept a pay cut to help the Catalan giants balance their books. However, some reports claim that Alba is set to take a 25% pay cut on his existing salary. Two other long serving players in Sergi Roberto and Sergio Busquets are set to follow Pique and Alba and could take a pay cut in the near future.
Tottenham are interested in signing Lyon attacking midfielder Houssem Aouar. Sky Sports News has learned informal talks have been held with Aouar's representatives. Aouar has two years left on his Lyon contract and wants to weigh up all of his options before making a decision on his future. Head coach Nuno Espirito Santo said he "cannot convince players to play for Tottenham" when asked about Ndombele's future. Stream the biggest moments on NOW for just £25 p/m for 10 months (usually £33.99 p/m) - all without a contract.
As if there hasn't been enough earthshaking news in this monumental summer transfer window, Real Madrid has reportedly emerged from its transfer slumber to place a €160 million ($188.1 million) bid for Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappé, according to Sky Sports. And with one week remaining in the summer transfer window, Real Madrid's bid for Mbappé signals that there may be plenty of intrigue yet to come. While Mbappé has often talked about his affinity for Real Madrid as fulfilling a childhood dream, Los Blancos currently find themselves in tatters. Meanwhile, Real Madrid has only signed one player—Bayern Munich defender David Alaba on a free transfer this summer—in the last two seasons. Regardless, the final week of the transfer window is now shaping up to be the grand finale to a summer filled with fireworks across the sport.