Boss left in the dark over star man’s future.
Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas has admitted that he doesn’t know what is going through the mind of Gareth Bale as he prepares for the new season by leaving him out of the side, the Daily Mail reports.
The Spurs boss has ruled the Welshman out of the club’s first three games of the season, stating that he will not be fit enough to face Crystal Palace, Dinamo Tiblisi or Swansea City , amidst speculation linking him with a move to Real Madrid.
“Pre-season has gone by without him being involved so for Palace, Tbilisi and Swansea he will not threaten to come back,” he said.
“Ideally we would like the player to continue to be at Tottenham – this is where the future is for him and for us – but we are are that Real Madrid are interested. It doesn’t mean we are willing to negotiate.
“If you take Messi or Ronaldo out of Barcelona or Real Madrid and look how many points their teams would have.
“When a player performs at this level the speculation is going to arrive linking him to other clubs with other ambitions.
“This is something we can’t avoid for any of the players this season. It has been happening with Liverpool, it has been happening with Rooney at Manchester United for a different reason.
“We can understand and we can speak to the players regarding their ambitions and we can explain to them that at certain stages players are under contract and have the responsibility towards their clubs.
“We as club, or the chairman – as the person who controls the club- has to defend their own interest.
“I am in contact with the chairman and whatever the decision that we take – which we have already taken from last season – we have explained to the clubs that the player is our player.”