Perez talks up Bale move.
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has talked up the speculation surrounding Gareth Bale’s Tottenham future by claiming that the Welshman was ‘born’ to play for the club.
Bale has been linked with a move to Spain for several months now after a fine season saw him bag 23 goals and collect twin PFA Player of the Year awards and Spurs’ absence from the Champions League next term has only served to weaken their position in bargaining.
And Perez, who is running for the presidency at the Bernabeu, told Spanish newspaper Marca: “Bale was born to play in Madrid.”
First, though, Madrid must find a replacement for Jose Mourinho before they can concentrate on bringing new players into the club. Mourinho ended a turbulent three year spell in the Spanish capital this month and is largely expected to return to former club Chelsea, whilst another former Chelsea boss, Carlo Ancelotti, has been tipped as a potential replacement, though Perez has admitted that they are looking around for the right man.
“Ancelotti cannot say he has an offer from Real Madrid because he has not. There are more coaches than him.”
Perez has overseen the arrival of stars such as Kaka, Karim Benzema and Xabi Alonso, and he is expected to embark on a similar spending spree this summer after he confirmed that Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski is high on their list as well as Bale.
“With Lewandowski we know he scored four goals but we already have two of the best strikers in the world,” he said.