Mestalla

Next Game

Valencia v R Madrid

Sunday, 04 January 2015, 16:00

Spanish Primera BBVA

Last Game

R Madrid 2 - 0 S Lorenzo

Saturday, 20 December 2014, 19:30

FIFA Club World Cup Final

Bale tells AVB: I want to go

Gareth Bale has told Andre Villas-Boas he wants to leave Tottenham to join Real Madrid in a world-record deal.

Last Updated: 31/07/13 at 22:08 Post Comment

Gareth Bale: Subject of world-record bid

Gareth Bale: Subject of world-record bid

Spurs are yet to comment on the offer of more than £85m lodged by Real several days ago and have not wavered publicly on their stance that the player is not for sale.

In the meantime, Bale spent around five hours at the club's north London training centre on Wednesday and underwent treatment on a muscle injury, departing shortly after 2pm.

And, according to Sky sources, the 24-year-old took the opportunity while there to confirm his desire to leave for Spain.

Villas-Boas said at the weekend he was hopeful of having Bale fit for a friendly against Monaco this Saturday, but the concern now for Tottenham supporters is whether last season's double Player of the Year will be around for the start of the new season.

One former Spurs player, Jamie Redknapp, told Sky Sports' Football Season Preview show he believes it is now inevitable Bale will leave for Madrid, saying the club "always sells at the right price."

Real's charm offensive continued on Tuesday when Sergio Ramos joined club captain Iker Casillas and director Zinedine Zidane in talking up a move.

And Kaka joined the chorus of approval from the club's tour of the United States on Wednesday, saying: "If he comes he will be welcome. He's an amazing player with a lot of tricks. We're happy if he comes."

Former Bernabeu favourite Michael Laudrup, meanwhile, said on Wednesday he believes Bale has "the technical ability to play there" but would have to cope with the added pressure of playing in front of 90,000 home fans every other week.

Real's offer is understood to be for cash despite reports suggesting former Spurs midfielder Luka Modric might form part of any deal.

Watching from the sidelines are Bale's former club Southampton, who are in line to pocket 2.5% of any transfer fee.

But that pales in comparison to the 15% sell-on they are believed to have agreed at the time of his 2007 move to White Hart Lane.

Southampton waived that clause at a time when they were in financial difficulty, instead receiving around £1.5m and goalkeeper Tommy Forecast, and now stand to earn just £2m as opposed to £13m if Real sign Bale.

During Tuesday night's Football Season Preview show on Sky Sports, Redknapp said the new offer made by the La Liga giants makes sense for Spurs and the player.

"Real Madrid are the biggest club in the world how can he turn it down?" said Redknapp. "I also believe Tottenham are a selling club, their history would suggest that. You go back to Michael Carrick, Modric and Berbatov - they do tend to sell.

"They always sell at the right price and I think there will be a conversation between Daniel Levy and Joe Lewis and I can only see one outcome - and that is he will be a Real Madrid player."

Real defender Ramos has also had his say on the situation and, speaking on the club's US tour, said: "I think the mixing of veteran players as well as young players is a great philosophy.

"Not only as a team but in providing young people for some of us who have been here for so many years.

"Facing up to the challenges, and in that sense, those who are in a position to decide will leave us with our job to do.

"I think they have to work that out with (Real coach) Carlo Ancelotti, they must decide whether they need more players."

On Tuesday, Real keeper Casillas also spoke out in favour of Bale moving to La Liga, saying: "We are talking about one of the top three or four best players in Europe and it's normal that his name is being discussed."

And even Barcelona's Javier Mascherano has backed Bale to be a success in Spain.

"Always when players with quality come it is very good for the league," he told Fox Sports.

"Bale is a player that has shown in the last three years that he is one of the best in his position."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

W

e have the personnel. The trick is keeping them fit. Carrick and Blind have missed large chunks of the season, while the defence has been one muddled mess of intermittent stooges, all coming and going at various intervals thus far. We may be just short of title winning quality, but we're half way through. An injury crisis to either of the top two could change things. Optimistic, yes, but not unrealistic.

HarryBoulton
One Point And One Conclusion For United

P

arish is the man to blame for this shambles. Pulis must be chuckling into his left over turkey sandwich. I pray this doesn't mean the Neil Warnock media machine will kick in now and he'll be back on the telly box.

magicfuller
Warnock sacked by Palace

W

e almost found a new way to lose, just when I thought it was getting boring Giroud does that. Although Arsenal are deservedly called 'soft' the entire midfield is out injured. Still must admit MU are managing to win despite a similar raft of absentees. Think the Gunners have good players but poorly coached.

gettalong
Wenger: Giroud deserved red

Footer 365

Premier League: Tony Popovic would be free to leave current club for Crystal Palace job

Western Sydney Wanderers chairman Paul Lederer will not stand in Tony Popovic's way if Crystal Palace approach him.

Sky sources: Alan Irvine will be in charge for West Brom's trip to West Ham on New Year's Day

A senior West Brom source has told Sky Sports News HQ that Alan Irvine will be in charge for the game against West Ham.

Sky sources: Newcastle 'disappointed' over Alan Pardew link to Crystal Palace

Newcastle are disappointed at the timing of the speculation linking their manager Alan Pardew with Crystal Palace.

Mail Box

What's Happened To Everton And Martinez?

There aren't many people still talking about how the Spaniard is better than David Moyes. Plus, thoughts on Jose Mourinho's moaning and Spurs at least being very fit...

Van Gaal's Half-Term Report Card...

One Man United fan isn't happy with the rate the team is progressing under Louis van Gaal, while the mailbox also wishes Liverpool fans a Merry Mid-Table Christmas...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property