Wednesday, July 31, 2013
''I WANT TO MOVE TO REAL MADRID'' BALE TELLS MANAGER ANDRE VILLAS BOAS THAT HE WANTS TO QUIT TOTTENHAM ON THE FIRST DAY OF TRAINING
In another very interesting twist in the present transfer period, wantaway Tottenham forward Gareth Bale has manager told Andre Villas-Boas face to face that he wants to leave the north London club and join Spanish La Liga giant, Real Madrid this summer.
It comes as a huge blow to Spurs on the Wales forward first day back at training after a world record £85million bid from the hierarchy at the Santiago Bernebue.
The Welsh who wants a move to Madrid, is however reluctant to hand in a transfer request at Tottenham.
He won both the Professional Footballers Association and Football Writers' Awards awards last season and is widely acknowledged to be one of the best players in the world.
Spurs have been stunned by the change in the twenty four year old midfielder since Real stepped up their pursuit of the most wanted man in football.
Only last week they were convinced a new, improved contract offer and his 'special relationship' with head coach Andre Villas-Boas could keep him at the club.
Tottenham are in no doubt Real are ready to pay £85m but chairman Daniel Levy remains reluctant to accept the offer and is driving for closer to £100m.
Despite Bale's attitude change Spurs do not think he will go as far as Luka Modric did last summer by effectively going AWOL to force through his move to Real.
And now Madrid want Modric to act as a minder for his old team-mate should Bale join.
Mindful of the intense media scrutiny he would have to contend with in foreign surroundings, they feel the presence of a familiar, friendly face would increase the chances of a successful transition.