The press are today reporting that Real Madrid have conceded defeat over their attempts to sign Gareth Bale from Tottenham. The Spanish club’s interest has been well known and over the past number of months they have tried various methods to display their interest without making an offer or having to enter negotiations with Spurs.Tottenham’s failure to claim a place in next season’s Champions League immediately raised questions over Gareth Bale’s future at Tottenham. The player is obviously ambitious and wants to play at the highest level, having been such a success in Tottenham’s only opportunity in the competition in 2010-11.
However, before the outcome of the season was even known, Real Madrid were using their ambassador and Sporting Director, Zinedine Zidane, to indicate their summer intentions as he frequently made comments about Bale which were reported widely in the press. In April, Zidane who is now assistant to Carlo Ancelotti, spoke of his admiration for Bale and in late May followed that up with further comments at the time of the Champions League Final in London. In June he went further and suggested that Bale should submit a transfer request in order to speed up a move to Real Madrid.
Former Tottenham player, Luka Modric, who moved from Spurs to Real last summer after two summers of acrimonious dealings, had his say on the issue. He was reported by the BBC to have described Bale as the ‘perfect fit’ for Real.
“Bale would fit perfectly, we could really use him. He is the type of player who will help us take a step forward. He would give the team another dimension. His shot, his strength, his speed, his offensive power.”
In face, of all this pressure including comments from Bale’s agent, Tottenham and Daniel Levy have stood firm. Real Madrid have a tried and trusted method of pushing transfers through including the use of the Spanish press to highlight targets. Yesterday, an article on Marca’s website indicated that the Spanish club were ready to give up on Bale. The Independent reported these comments from the report,
“Real Madrid have decided to put the Gareth Bale signing on hold. After receiving yet another “no” from Tottenham Hotspur, Florentino Perez and his team have decided to call it a day and now see the signing of Bale this summer as impossible. Daniel Levy, the English club’s president, is not open to negotiation, and faced with such inflexibility, reaching any sort of agreement is not viable.”
Gareth Bale is reported to be happy at Tottenham and unlikely to push for a transfer in the way that Luka Modric did over the past two seasons, first when there was interest from Chelsea and then last year with Real.
This is important and positive news for Tottenham who are looking to strengthen the side in the coming weeks with the arrival of Paulinho expected soon.
It is still early days in the transfer window and while Real Madrid may have decided to put things on hold for the present it doesn’t mean they won’t try again with more positive offers to test the resistance of Daniel Levy and Tottenham. Hopefully, if that were to happen they would receive the same answer.