Gareth Bale won’t figure in any Tottenham Hotspur matches until the transfer window closes and isn’t speaking to Andre Villas-Boas as the saga around his desired move to Real Madrid continues.
Villas-Boas has said that his lack of preseason training will rule him out of playing for Spurs’ upcoming games against Crystal Palace, Swansea City, Tblisi in the Europa League qualification round and Arsenal on September 1st.
Bale has not trained with his teammates for the last six weeks as he has been carrying minor injuries to his gluteal muscle and foot but the believed reason for his lack of involvement is that he hopes to force Spurs into accepting Madrid’s offer by withdrawing his services from the club.
When asked about Bale’s attitude to his club at the moment Villas-Boas said “Nobody knows because the player doesn’t speak. “The only thing that we are able to see or you are able to see is the player arriving in and out of the training ground.”
The Spanish club have offered a deal worth £86million but Spurs chairman Daniel Levy believes Bale to be worth £100million or its equivalent in a player plus cash deal that would include left back Fabio Coentrau.
Levy and Madrid president Florentino Perez met in Miami last month but the negotiations have reached a stalemate whereby Perez believes that Spurs will have to accept his offer before the window closes on September 2nd or face being left without any replacement for their star player.
However Spurs are currently looking at Roma’s Erik Lamela, Ajax’s Christian Eriksen and Anzhi Makhachkala’s Willian as options who they will bring to White Hart Lane even if Bale does stay.
Levy has been given an increased budget by owner Joe Lewis and has already broken the club’s record transfer fee twice this window with the signing of Paulinho for £17million and Roberto Soldado for £25million as well as bringing Belgian winger Nacir Chadli and French international Étienne Capoue bringing the total summer spending to above £50million.
Levy is adopted a similar approach to the one that kept Luka Modric at the club for an extra year despite the player’s desire to joing Chelsea after a £40million offer.
Modric refused to take part in the team’s training and was left out of the opening games but levy was not moved and sold the player to Madrid instead the following year for £33million.
Villas-Boas says that he expects more signings this window regardless of the Bale situation and ideally would have the Welshman as part of the squad.
“I think it will probably take us to the last day of the window to complete everything. Our idea is to build a team that has two players per position – three in the goalkeeper’s case – that allows us to keep the same quality. This is why we have been very, very active. If we can make all of the deals that we have planned for the remaining weeks, hopefully we can threaten.
“Our idea is to count on Gareth. Ideally, we would like the player to continue belonging to Tottenham … this is where the future is for him and for us. We are aware that Real Madrid are interested in the player. It doesn’t mean that we are willing to negotiate him.”