Bale goes AWOL as Madrid move stalls again
Gareth Bale returned from a club sanctioned weekend break in Spain last night but did not turn up at the Tottenham Hotspur training ground this morning as expected, sparking rumours that the player has become ‘furious and frustrated’ with chairman Daniel Levy’s handling of his move.
The Welshman’s representatives have played down the incident but having already agreed personal terms worth £8.5million a year to Bale, the player’s camp are hopeful that the stall in the movement will not derail the deal totally.
Levy was irked by Madrid’s advanced preparations of Bale’s unveiling when they built a stage and briefed media that the player would be presented in the Bernabeu today despite the deal not being finalised as of yet.
Doubts remain at Spurs about Madrid’s ability to honour the payment structure for the world record fee of around £85million and the club are also keen to bring in new players such as Roma’s Argentine forward Erik Lamela before the deal is made official.
The North London club claimed yesterday that there was another bid for the player from an unnamed club and while Manchester United boss David Moyed didn’t explicitly state that the Premier League champions weren’t interested in signing Bale it is thought that the revelation came from Spurs to spark Madrid into action.
Bale had spent two days in Marbella after manager Andre Villas-Boas agreed to a break for the player but the Portuguese said after Sunday’s 1-0 victory over Swansea City that he expected Bale back at the club’s treatment facility today.
Villas-Boas also suggested that he was preparing for the season with the man who netted 26 times for the club last season, an expected but new admission that the club were in the advanced stages of negotiations.
The manager though remained tight lipped on the prospect of Lamela’s arrival after losing out on Willian to Chelsea after agreeing to sign the player for £30million last week.
Spurs will welcome the Romanian defender Vlad Chiriches from Steau Bucharest late rthis week but Villas-Boas joked that the deal was not quite finalised yet as ‘someone may steal him from us.’
Chiriches announcement is expected to be made tomorrow after Bucharest play the second leg of the Champions League qualifying round.
Spurs are also thought to be interested in signing Brazilian forward Hulk from Zenit St Petersburg but only if the Russian club lower their asking price from £35million.