bwin reckon that Gareth Bale will remain a Tottenham Hotspur player beyond the end of the summer transfer window – despite the fact that reports from Spain suggest that the PFA Player of the Year is about to push through a transfer to Real Madrid rather than Manchester United.
The subject of Bale’s future has been debated nearly every day this summer, with speculation that the forward, who hit 31 goals for Spurs and Wales during a brilliant 2012/13 season, will leave White Hart Lane over the coming months after Tottenham missed out on Champions League qualification on the last day of the campaign.
It has led to a Real Madrid charm offensive, with president Florentino Perez and sporting director Zinedine Zidane both publicly declaring their admiration for the former Southampton man.
Now Marca, the Spanish newspaper and unofficial mouthpiece for the La Liga club, say that Bale will politely ask for a transfer to the Bernabeu this summer, even though Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is apparently insisting he is not for sale.
But despite the report in Marca, Real Madrid are now 3/1, from a shortest price of 17/20, to sign Bale after Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas reaffirmed the club’s stance.
The former Chelsea boss had previously said that he has “the pledge of the chairman that Bale is not going to leave the club”, but he has now elaborated on that in an interview in his homeland of Portugal.
“The chairman said that we are not open to offers, whatever they are, and that the player will stay,” Villas-Boas said.
“In football anything can happen, but these are the guarantees given to me.
“There was a moment last season when Gareth came to me because he was not comfortable out on the pitch. I do not know if it was my response or that he was glad to relieve the stress, but after that he became confident and played with freedom. He felt important and finished the year in style.”
bwin now go 1/5 that Bale is at White Hart Lane come September 4th, with Manchester United 4/1 to sign him, Paris Saint-Germain 7/1 and other clubs upwards of 16/1.