Transfer news: Gareth Bale demands to move to Real Madrid after Tottenham break promises - reports
Spanish newspaper Marca have quoted Bale accusing Spurs' chairman Daniel Levy of breaking promises made to him as the reason why he wants a move to Spain
Reports in Spain are suggesting that Gareth Bale has rocked Tottenham by demanding a move away from the club when he met with chairman Daniel Levy.
Spanish newspaper Marca are reporting that Bale has told Levy he made a promise to negotiate an offer if Spurs failed to qualify for the Champions League and a reasonable offer was made.
The Madrid-based paper have quoted Bale, reporting that the Welshman said: “You made me a promise. You promised me if we didn’t qualify for the Champions League and a good offer turned up you’d listen to it.
“Well that offer has arrived and I want to play for Real Madrid. So keep your word and negotiate.”
By suggesting that Tottenham have broken promises made to him, Bale could demand a transfer to Real in the hope of forcing through a move to Spain. It isn’t clear who revealed Bale’s quotes, and no word has come of an official bid being lodged from either club.
It goes on to quote Bale as saying: "I'm not interested in Manchester United or any other team. I just want to play for Madrid."
The newspaper goes on to suggest that Bale’s current injury is mysterious, suggesting that his absence his creating speculation that he could be negotiating a deal rather than genuinely injured, though manger Andre Villas-Boas is hopeful of having the PFA Player of the Year available for their match on Saturday against South China.
Marca had previously reported that an £85m bid had been made, before upping that figure this morning to £105m – a fee that would smash the transfer record set when Madrid purchased Cristiano Ronaldo for £80m in 2009.
Latest in Sport
David De Gea latest: Louis van Gaal wants goalkeeper sold to Real Madrid so Jasper Cillessen can be signed before Saturday
UFC 190 Ronda Rousey vs Bethe Correia: What time does it start and where can I watch it, plus Mauricio Rua vs Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
Arsenal vs Chelsea - Community Shield 2015: Mesut Ozil can prove his greatness at last, says Arsene Wenger
Manchester United and Adidas branded 'sexist' and 'discriminatory' as women's shirt features plunging neckline and different design
Arsenal vs Chelsea - Community Shield 2015: 'We are our own biggest threat,' says Cesc Fabregas
- 1 Labour rallies behind Flint as deputy leader to offset a Corbyn win
- 2 The difference between a psychopath and a sociopath
- 3 It won’t work, Jeremy: The Health Secretary has lost the confidence of the medical profession in his attempt to reform the NHS
- 4 Dutch King Willem-Alexander declares the end of the welfare state
- 5 'Cool kids' can go on to become losers in later life, study finds
Yvette Cooper: Our choice is years of Tory rule under Jeremy Corbyn – or a return to a Labour government
Is Britain really full up? Are migrants taking our jobs? Leading academic answers the most common anti-immigration claims
Calais Migrant Crisis: Deputy Mayor of Calais labels Cameron's use of 'swarm' as 'racist' and 'ignorant'
Labour leadership: New poll shows party is now even 'less electable' than under Ed Miliband
While we fixate on Calais, the Home Office is quietly deporting dozens of migrants on 'ghost flights'
Calais crisis: The seven claims made about the migrants - and the reality