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Manchester United's Ryan Giggs set for Wales coach talk

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Giggs 'no' to Wales return

Wales boss Gary Speed will meet Ryan Giggs on Friday to discuss a possible backroom role with the national side.

However, the Manchester United veteran told the BBC that there was no chance of him returning in a playing capacity.

Earlier reports had suggested that the 37-year-old midfielder might come out of international retirement to add to former Wales team-mate Speed's options.

"I don't think so... I don't think going back for one or two game is probably on the cards," Giggs said.

"I retired from international football to prolong my career and give me that rest during the season when I needed that and I have done that."

Giggs won 64 Wales caps before retiring in 2007 to concentrate on his club career at Old Trafford.

Although he said that he has "not been asked" to become part of Speed's backroom staff, that could all change on Friday when he will sit down with the new Wales boss in person.

"I've always said I would love to come back and coach or manage Wales and hopefully be part of a team that qualifies for a major championship," Giggs added.

"Every Welshman wants to see Wales in a World Cup or in a European Championship."

Speed has already spoken of Giggs being his possible long-term Wales successor and believes his former international team-mate could gain vital experience as a member of his backroom staff.

"I've spoken to Ryan a couple of times and hopefully I'll meet up with him tomorrow [Friday] some time and have a chat and we'll see what he wants to do," Speed said.

"He's very much his own man and if Ryan's saying that, we'd like to have him in any capacity that he likes.

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

Gary Speed on Ryan Giggs

"We have a young squad who have got the potential to be together for the next 10 years or so.

"They're all 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."

United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has also raised the possibility of Giggs making the transition to a coaching role at the club.

But Giggs is keeping his options open and his immediate concerns are his own playing form for United, with whom he has a contract until the end of the season.

"I don't know. At the moment I am just concentrating on playing for United," Giggs said.

"But 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 ever needed any help or ever needed anything from me, that would be no problem.

"But at the moment I just wish him all the best and I just hope he can get Wales winning."

On Sunday in the Premier League, Giggs could line up against his successor on the left wing for Wales, Tottenham Hotspur's Gareth Bale.

"Everyone in the world sat up and took notice of his performances over two legs against Inter Milan," Giggs said.

"When you have got pace, power and the crossing and finishing ability he has got, he is going to cause teams problems.

"Hopefully he won't do that to us on Sunday but as a winger myself and a proud Welshman, hopefully he can do it for Wales as well for a long time to come."

Meanwhile Giggs admitted that United's rivals City were serious contenders for the Premier League title.

"Of course they can [win it] with the quality of players they've got and the strength of depth they have," said Giggs.

"They are just able to go out buy players like Edin Dzeko in the January transfer window so you have to take them seriously. They are one of four or five teams that could win it."



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Thomas in Giggs warning to Wales
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Wales unveil Speed as new manager
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Giggs tells of managerial hopes
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Giggs could become Man Utd coach
22 Feb 08 |  Football
Giggs ends international career
30 May 07 |  Internationals
Wales' football managers
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Wales' results archive
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Wales' international fixtures
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BBC Sport Wales coverage
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