Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos has beaten Gareth Bale for his involvement in Wales.
The 29-year-old German national player Kroos aimed at his team-mate as he dealt with Bale's recent injury when he was asked about his future at the Santiago Bernabeu.
The 30-year-old Bale has not played for the Spanish giants since his injury in the international service in October and is unlikely to play against Eibar this weekend.
But the Wales captain has been included in Ryan Giggs squad for the upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers against Azerbaijan and Hungary and is expected to play.
During an interview with a German blog Real sum After Los Blancos's 6-0 win over Galatasaray on Wednesday night, Kroos, who was for a long time one of the Madrid stars closest to Bale, had the floor.
"It's a little uncomfortable if you go to your national team, then do not play for your club," said an unhappy Kroos.
"After that, you're fit for your national team again, maybe this is not the best time.
"I hope everything is okay when he comes back."
The comments came after Kroos was asked about the future of beating in the Spanish club and admitted that it is an unpleasant situation for all concerned.
After initially saying "I do not know," Kroos added, "He wanted to leave the club in the summer.
"After these kinds of things, where they both [club and player] it seems difficult to return to normality.
"Given that, I have the impression that he is motivated and has also done some remarkable work."
Wales is currently fourth in Group E with eight points from six games.
Victory in Baku against a single-point Azerbaijani team from their six games is essential for Giggs to reach the next summer finals.