Gareth Bale has informed Andre Villas-Boas that he is keen to work with him again if he leaves Tottenham for Real Madrid this summer.
The Welshman's agent, Jonathan Barnett, confirmed to a Spanish newspaper yesterday that Bale did not travel with the Spurs squad for their friendly against Monaco this evening because he does not want to risk sustaining an injury that could scupper his move to La Liga.
Bale and Villas-Boas enjoyed a hugely productive working relationship during 2012-13, which might prove to be their sole season together at Spurs. Bale scored 26 goals in all competitions for his club and established himself as one of the finest attacking players on the planet.
Villas-Boas also ended the campaign with his reputation enhanced after he guided a squad in transition to their highest Premier League points total. He was courted by Paris Saint-Germain this summer, an approach the Portuguese turned down, and he was also believed to have been on Madrid's shortlist to replace Jose Mourinho at the end of last season.
Carlo Ancelotti won that race, but if Bale should end up at Madrid, Villas-Boas would have at least one powerful sponsor the next time that job became available.