Real Madrid President distances club from Bale move

It’s a story that only two months ago seemed could only end in Gareth Bale leaving Tottenham Hotspur for Spain.  But in recent weeks it has looked less likely a transfer to transpire; and this has been compounded by Real Madrid President Florentino Perez.

The billionaire President of Los Blancos has put definite distance between Bale and a move to Estadio Santiago Bernabéu; saying there has been no contact between him and the North London side over the availability of the highly regarded Welsh international.

In an interview with Spanish television network Univision, he said: “”He is a great player who belongs to a club we enjoy good relations with, but we have not made any offer.”

And with the signing of Brazilian midfielder Paulinho to add some much needed bite to the Spurs midfield, Andre Villas-Boas will be anxious to hold on to the player who would complement a solid midfield with Paulinho and the returning Sandro, with his explosive pace and ability.

Speaking of the assurances he has received from Tottenham Chairman Daniel Levy, the 35 year old manager told Portuguese newspaper O Jogo: “”The chairman said that we are not open to offers, whatever they are, and that the player will stay.  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.”

In fact Bale finished the season in stand out fashion and deservedly won both the PFA Player of the Year award and the Football Writers {FWA} player of the year award.

Holding on to Bale would be, realistically, a bigger coup then most signings the club would likely attract.  The opportunity to have Bale available for another assault on a Champions League place could be crucial in the club attaining such a feat.

In turn, such an accomplishment could see the player commit his long term future to the club.  But realistically in order to do that Spurs would need to be close challengers for the title.  With so much change at the top clubs, this could be an opportunity for Villas Boas to seize the opportunity.

And it appears Bale will be along for the ride.  A situation that only weeks ago seemed rather unlikely.

Brian is a sports journalist with over 5 years experience of writing on all things soccer. Resides in Dublin, Ireland.