Monday 11 December 2017

Tottenham 'dragging their feet' over Bale

Gareth Bale. Photo: PA
Gareth Bale. Photo: PA

BAD blood continues to flow between Tottenham and Real Madrid after the Spanish club's vice-president accused the London club of holding up Gareth Bale's world-record move to the Bernabeu.

Bale's move to the Spanish capital appeared to be on the verge of completion on Wednesday, but Tottenham are unwilling to announce Bale's departure until they have completed the signings of Erik Lamela and Christian Eriksen to replace him.

Although Spurs and Real have a partnership agreement, which was announced last summer in the wake of Luka Modric's move to the Spanish capital, the two clubs have clashed repeatedly over Bale.

Spurs are unhappy with Real's players talking publicly about Bale and the club's decision to erect a stage to unveil the player even before he joined.

The Londoners were also deeply annoyed with the idea that Real were already selling Bale shirts on their website last week while the Spanish club are clearly disgruntled with Levy's policy of not agreeing to let the Welshman go before suitable replacements have been signed.

Speaking ahead of a friendly match against Deportivo La Coruna last night, Real vice-president Fernando Fernandez Tapias said: "There are problems but in the end I think it will happen. I thought he was going to be here, but so far he's not in Madrid, although he possibly will be."



As for whether the deal will go through, he said, according to reports: "I think so, but I couldn't swear on it. We're going to wait because they are dragging their feet.

"There is no doubting Bale's class, but Real Madrid without Bale is a great Madrid, we have a team of warriors."

Villas-Boas admitted that there are likely to be player departures before Monday's 11pm deadline, although the Tottenham boss is optimistic of keeping Jermain Defoe after watching the striker score a brace in last night's win over Dinamo Tbilisi.

Lewis Holtby scored Spurs' third as they eased into the Europa League group stages with a 3-0 second leg victory (8-0 on aggregate) over the Georgian champions.

"I think he will be here after the closure of the transfer window," Villas-Boas said of Defoe. "He is a great professional with a great attitude."

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