Dazzling forward allegedly orders Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas to 'keep his word and negotiate'…
As the face of FIFA 14 with a body that was draped in the Lilywhite colour of Tottenham Hotspur, Gareth Bale was expected to continue to represent the club who had him on their books since he was a fresh-faced 17-year-old straight out of Southampton.
During those six years, Bale has developed into one of the hottest commodities in the football world, a fact fortified by the perpetual will-he/won't-he headline guesses penned by the British press. PR work involving the FIFA game helped quell the rumours a touch, yet, in signing Belgian winger Nacer Chadli, the speculation was back as the former FC Twente forward was deemed to have been recruited to act as Bale's replacement.
Throughout the whole ordeal, Bale has remained silent. Tottenham head coach Andre Villas-Boas has begun to vent his frustrations at the affair and yet Marca and the rest of the Spanish press continue to claim the player will soon be theirs.
The latest instalment in this story comes from The Sun, quoting Marca, who claim Gareth Bale - perhaps uncharacteristically - has begun to force his move: 'You made me a promise. You promised me if we didn’t qualify for the Champions League and a good offer turned up you’d listen to it.'
He continued: 'Well that offer has arrived and I want to play for Real Madrid. So keep your word and negotiate.'
Villas-Boas, meanwhile, reiterated the club's stance of how the star Spur will remain in North London. A statement with strong foundations as The Guardian have recently written how contract talks between Tottenham and Bale have already begun in an effort to stunt any Real Madrid momentum.
'There is ongoing contact between [Tottenham] and [Bale's] agent,' The Guardian quote AVB to have said.
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