I’m ready to help out Wales again – Giggs
RYAN GIGGS will meet new Wales manager Gary Speed face to face today to thrash out what role he could play in the national team’s new set-up.
The Manchester United legend declared yesterday he was ready to help out his old Wales skipper "in any way Gary wants" but Giggs last night distanced himself from suggestions he was ready for a playing return.
"I don’t think so... I don’t think going back for one or two games is probably on the cards," he said. "I definitely won’t be playing for Wales again. I retired from international football to keep my career going and give me rest during the season when I needed it."
But Giggs did confirm he will sit down with Speed today to discuss ways forward with Wales.
Giggs stressed he has "not been asked" to become part of Speed’s backroom staff yet, but that could change as a result of today’s talks.
"I’ve always said I would like to come back and coach or manage Wales and hopefully be part of a team that qualifies for a major championship," continued Giggs.
"Every Welshman wants to see Wales in a World Cup or in a European Championship. I played with Gary – he was a great player and I am sure he will do a great job for Wales.
"In the future if he needed any help or needed anything from me, that would be absolutely no problem. But at the moment I just wish him the best and I just hope he can get Wales winning."
Speed said: "I’ve spoken to Ryan a couple of times and hopefully I will meet up with him on Friday some time and have a chat and we’ll see what he wants to do.
"Ryan is very much his own man and if Ryan’s saying that, we’d like to have him in any capacity that he likes.
"We have a young squad who have got the potential to be together for the next 10 years or so.
"They’re each in their early 20s – to have Ryan there in some capacity would be great not just for me, not just for the fans, but for the players as well. So hopefully we can have a chat and then we can get him on board in some capacity."
Returning to the international set-up would raise the prospect of Giggs combining with Tottenham sensation Gareth Bale. The Tottenham youngster has become one of the British game’s brightest stars over the past year, playing in Giggs’ old position on the left wing.
Giggs, who will face Bale in the Premier League this weekend, said: "Everyone in the world sat up and took notice of his performances over two legs against Inter Milan.