Tottenham Boss Unhappy With Real Madrid’s Very Public Pursuit Of Gareth Bale

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Tottenham Hotspur head coach Andre Villas-Boas has criticised his Real Madrid counterpart Carlo Ancelotti for making public the Spanish giant’s word-record bid for wide man Gareth Bale, reports SkySports.com.

The coveted Wales international has been the subject of much speculation all summer long linking him with a move to the Santiago Bernabeu during the close-season transfer window.

And only last week, recently installed los Blancos boss Ancelotti confirmed in a press conference that his club had lodged an official bid with the north London club for the 24-year-old.

However, speaking after having watched his side lose 5-2 to AS Monaco in a pre-season friendly on Saturday, the Portuguese made clear his unhappiness with Ancelotti’s actions.

When asked if he thought the Italian had been wrong to disclose his club’s interest in Bale, Villas-Boas said: “I think so, in my opinion.

“Carlo is a person I appreciate a lot and we have great respect for each other, but bearing in mind this situation they have decided to make it public.

“Normally in situations like this it is scrutinised by the Football Association with lots of care and attention. We have seen lots of people speak about a player that is not theirs and we are due some respect.

“These rumours of an imminent transfer are not true. The only thing we have communicated with Real Madrid is that he is our player and he is not for sale.

“Gareth is a guy I really like. We are talking with Real Madrid because there is respect between the two clubs following the transfer last season of Luka Modric.

“We are building a great team for next season. We envisage the future with Gareth. But we know that in football anything is possible.”

Either way, though, it is still expected that the winger will at some point before the transfer window closes on Sept 2 make his dream move to the Santiago Bernabeu, however, it just now depends for how much.

Bale has been at White Hart Lane for the pat six seasons, having originally arrived in the capital from Southampton on a four-year deal in May 2007 for an initial fee of just £5 million.


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