Despair in the Departure Lounge for Bale [picture]

Gareth Bale looks set to be playing in a white shirt yet again next season, though it could well be for Los Blanco’s rather than Spurs if recent reports are to be believed. Spanish sports newspaper Marca have quoted a strongly worded statement allegedly from the Welshman that if true would leave no doubt as to his intent on a transfer to Real Madrid.

‘You made me a promise,’ said Bale. ‘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. I’m not interested in Manchester United or any other club. I only want to play for Real Madrid.’

Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas is desperate to hold on to his star man and is still hopeful that he can convince Bale to extend his stay at White Hart Lane. The 24-year -old signed a new contract with the North London club last summer, but after a season of incredible performances he has become a major transfer target for the biggest clubs in Europe.

Speaking abouts the ongoing battle to keep Bale at Tottenham, Villas-Boas stated: ‘There was contact between the club and his agent last year and there is ongoing contact between the club and his agent. We renewed his contract at the beginning of last season, if you remember, and it’s something that is being dealt with by the chairman and the agent.

‘Talks are ongoing but that doesn’t mean there is an agreement. At the moment we’re confident that the player is under contract at Tottenham, as was done last year. It’s something that we’re speaking about, but there aren’t any developments.’

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