Despite reports from Spain saying that Gareth Bale has agreed personal terms on a six-year contract with Real Madrid, Tottenham Hotspur boss André Villas-Boas insists that his star player is not for sale.
Speaking at a press conference before the Asia Trophy in Hong Kong today AVB said:
“On Gareth I want to repeat what I was telling you last season and what I was telling you from the beginning of pre-season so I cannot extend myself,” the Spurs manager said. “He’s a player that we are willing to continue to have, he’s a Tottenham player, he’s one of the most fantastic players in the world and we are counting on him for the future.
“Unfortunately against Sunderland [on Wednesday] he won’t be fit to play, he’s recovering from a knock he had in training so we expect him hopefully to have some involvement in the second game.”
Marca, almost the official mouthpiece of Real, say that Bale has agreed to a six-year, £8.5million a year contract at the Bernabeu and that the Spanish giants will pay Spurs £85m for the Welsh winger.
If you are Spurs, can you turn down that kind of money for Bale, who would become the most expensive signing in history? And is Gareth Bale really worth that kind of money?