Ryan Giggs: 'I’d only play in Olympics if FAW were happy with it'

Ryan Giggs has revealed he would shelve plans to play in the Olympics if it angered the Football Association of Wales.

Welsh great Giggs admits he would consider playing for Team GB at London 2012 Games if he was selected.

But, with the FAW openly against Welsh players’ involvement, Giggs said he would seek talks with officials rather than risk repercussions.

Giggs, set to make his 900th appearance for Manchester United tomorrow, also said in an interview that he would also ask for the blessing of boss Sir Alex Ferguson having quit international football in 2007 to prolong his club career.

But on the possibility of playing for Team GB – who will play at least one match at the Millennium Stadium – Giggs said: “If I am asked, I will consider it.

“Obviously, I haven’t played in a major tournament, so that would be a major plus for me.

“Clearly, I retired from international football to concentrate on my club football, so it is something that I need to chat to the manager about and really think about.

“I haven’t thought it too much, but nearer the time, I am obviously going to have to.

“First of all, I have to get picked.

“There are a lot of players vying for 20-odd spots. And the FAW’s opposition is another obstacle — will it affect Wales in the future?

“If it does, then it will be an easy decision for me to make.

“If it comes to the time when the likes of myself, Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey are picked, it is something we will have to speak to the FAW about, but I hope it doesn’t become an issue.”

Giggs has spoken about future aims of managing his country and is unlikely to want to anger FAW decision-makers regarding Team GB, although he did insist Ramsey and Bale would benefit from playing in a “top tournament.”

Indeed, it is thought he was the FAW’s No.1 choice to take over from the late Gary Speed before Chris Coleman’s appointment.

But Giggs has conceded he was never likely to pursue the opportunity as he sought to continue with his playing career, a deal to take him into his 22nd year at Old Trafford confirmed last week.

“Succeeding Gary was never really an option for me,” he said in an interview with the Daily Telegraph.

“I spoke to the gaffer (Sir Alex Ferguson) and United were ready to offer me a new deal.

“I wanted to play on,” he added.

Meanwhile, the FAW have confirmed Wales will play Bosnia at home in their final warm-up game before the start of the 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign.

Wales had been hopeful of landing a glamour name for the August 15 date but were left restricted in their options and will now play emerging force Bosnia at a South Wales venue to be decided nearer the time.

The game is Coleman’s last before World Cup qualification begins with games against Belgium and Serbia.

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