Gareth Bale declined requests from members of the Spanish press to comment on his future ahead of Wales’ friendly with the Republic of Ireland, but reports suggest the Tottenham Hotspur star is ready to force through a move to Real Madrid.
A source in the Welsh camp – according to The Sun newspaper – has given an insight into Bale’s mood, claiming that the 24-year-old is ‘bitter and confused’ and will not line-up for the White Hart Lane club again.
Bale will miss the game with a minor foot problem, after recovering from the gluteus strain that ruled him out of Spurs’ pre-season, but with Sunday’s campaign opener at Crystal Palace fast approaching – and his injuries seemingly clearing up – the former Southampton youth may have to make his feelings known soon.
Wales manager Chris Coleman – whose team are 9/5 to beat Ireland at Cardiff City Stadium – has talked-up Bale’s maturity in anticipation of the transfer, claiming his star player has the mentality to not get carried away with the move and the intelligence to embrace a new culture.
Real Madrid’s interest seemed to be cooling somewhat recently, with president Florentino Perez commenting that £85m was a lot of money for any player and reports in the Spanish press that manager Carlo Ancelotti had told Perez he was not planning for the new season with Bale’s arrival in mind.
Manchester United have also been heavily linked with the player in the past few days and if Bale does refuse to turn out again for the north Londoners, a move to Old Trafford could be on the cards, with concerns about Madrid’s ability to fund the deal still troubling Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy.
David Moyes has failed to land any of his transfer targets so far this summer and with Spurs thought to be more receptive to a deal with United at this stage – and Bale ready to go on strike – the former Everton manager is ready to enter the bidding.