bwin’s bookies have slashed the odds on Gareth Bale leaving Tottenham Hotspur for Real Madrid from 3/1 to 17/10 after comments over the last 24 hours by both the PFA Player of the Year and his agent suggested that a move to the Spanish capital could still be in the offing.
Tottenham have made it clear that they do not want to sell their prized asset this summer, with both chairman Daniel Levy and manager Andre Villas-Boas adamant that Bale will not be sold, despite the White Hart Lane outfit missing out on Champions League qualification on the last day of the season.
Villas-Boas stated last month that “the chairman said that we are not open to offers, whatever they are, and that the player will stay” – yet that hasn’t stopped Bale’s agent Jonathon Barnett openly talking about a move once again.
For the second time in as many months Barnett appeared on Marca TV, the unofficial mouthpiece for all things Real Madrid, to discuss Bale’s future and although he seemed coy, he was more than happy to discuss the rumours.
“Bale has not said no, nor yes (to Real Madrid),” Barnett said. “There’s no offer from Madrid; they have to talk between themselves and we will see what happens. He was at Malaga airport [on Tuesday], he’s been in Marbella on holiday. He comes back to Tottenham for pre-season training next week.”
Madrid president Florentino Perez, who has made no secret of his desire to sign the 23-year-old, could construe the comments as well timed given that an interview was also recently published in which Bale spoke of his admiration for La Liga and his ambition to play in the Champions League.
“I’d say that Spanish football is probably the best I’ve seen,” Bale said. “Obviously, I’d like to try other leagues in the future. It’s something that the future holds and it’s something that I’m very interested to try in the least.
“The Champions League is a massive thing. When we first got into the Champions League, it’s one of the things that most of the lads were looking forward to, hearing it in the stadium. It’s little things like that which make it special.”
These comments have made bwin cut a move to the Bernabeu to 17/10, while Bale is 2/5 to remain a Spurs player beyond the end of the summer transfer window.
The Wales international is 6/1 to sign for Manchester United, and 16/1 and bigger to sign for other clubs.