So is it a clever bargaining ploy or a genuine admittance of defeat? With Real Madrid you never quite know, but it appears the Spanish giants have given up in their pursuit of Manchester United target Gareth Bale – and bwin are now 2/5 that the forward remains at Tottenham Hotspur this summer.
Madrid have been using their usual tactics in their bid to sign Bale, who hit 31 goals for club and country last season, with both president Floretino Perez and sporting director Zinedine Zidane speaking publicly about their admiration for the player and openly discussing the possibility of prising the former Southampton man away from north London.
But it now seems that the club have resigned themselves to the fact that they will not be able to capture the PFA Player of the Year during this transfer window.
A statement in the Spanish newspaper Marca, a publication viewed as an unofficial mouthpiece for the La Liga side, stated that Madrid have given up on signing Bale – for now at least.
“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.”
It could well be part of a longer game, but bwin are convinced Madrid are right and go just 2/5 that Bale remains a Tottenham player beyond September 3rd.
Bale is 17/10 to sign for Madrid this summer, 6/1 to sign for Manchester United and 16/1 and bigger to move anywhere else.