REAL Madrid star Gareth Bale will have added motivation when he faces some of his clubmates on the international stage next week, according to Wales boss Ryan Giggs.

Spain are the visitors to the Principality Stadium in Cardiff on October 11 for a friendly that is likely to pit Bale against the likes of 158-times capped Sergio Ramos.

The match is the first between the countries since 1985, when Wales, inspired by Ian Rush and Mark Hughes, won 3-0 at Wrexham’s Racecourse Ground in a World Cup qualifier.

“Every player’s motivation will be high for a number of reasons,” said Giggs, whose side face the Republic of Ireland in Dublin in a Nations League tie five days after the Spain showdown.

“You’re playing for your country first and foremost, playing against a very good team, it’s a chance to test yourself and it’s at the Principality so it’s a different stadium.

“All the players will be motivated but with Gareth playing in Spain there’ll be added motivation for him I’m sure.”

He added: “It’s a fantastic game to be involved in but five days later we have the Nations League and obviously there are points available.

“It’s getting the balance right for the game against the Republic (October 16) and for a game everyone will want to be involved in.

“The more important game is Tuesday but I have to recognise all the players will want to be involved in what is a fantastic occasion.”

Bale sat out Real’s Champions League defeat to CSKA Moscow on Tuesday but Giggs said that a scan on the midfielder’s groin strain came back showing no damage.

Former Manchester United winger Giggs also revealed that Bale would be receiving a special golden boot before the Spain clash in recognition of him becoming Wales’ all-time leading scorer.

Meanwhile, the Wales chief said there was no agreement with Real to play Bale for a certain number of minutes in each game.

He said: “Like with every player, you get the feedback of where they’re at, we do a lot of work between camps logging the minutes certain players have played.

“Then trying to get it right regarding training and game time so we do as much homework as we can to see where the players are to know what’s best for the player and for us.”

Joe Ledley and Tom Lockyer are out of the Spain and Ireland double-header through injury, with Jazz Richards and George Thomas their replacements in a 25-man squad.

Meanwhile, Wales Under-21 manager Rob Page named a 19-man squad for his side’s Euro 2019 qualifiers in Romania and against Switzerland at Rodney Parade.

Former Exiles defender Regan Poole is included, as is current County striker Mark Harris, who is on loan from Cardiff City.

Page’s team, who cannot qualify for next summer’s finals, face Romania on October 12 and Switzerland four days later.

Cameron Coxe and Cian Harries will miss the game in Romania due to suspension.