Andre Villas-Boas has responded to the speculation surrounding Gareth Bale’s future by saying that the player is not for sale, and criticised the manner in which Real Madrid have gone about trying to sign the Tottenham Hotspur star.
Bale is expected to make a world record move to the Spanish club this summer, and Madrid have made no secret of their desire to sign the 24-year-old, with Carlo Ancelotti confirming talks were underway, something Villas-Boas believe was inappropriate.
"I think so, in my opinion,” he said when asked if Ancellotti was wrongto speak about the deal.
"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.”
Despite Villas-Boas’ words, the prevailing theme throughout today’s papers is that Bale will still go to Real Madrid this summer, and there have been reports that Fabio Coentrao could move the other way as part of a deal.
The 25-year-old was pulled out of a Madrid friendly last week, and is apparently valued at around £10million after falling behind Marcelo in the pecking order at the Bernabeu.
Dempsey scored 12 goals for Spurs in all competitions last season, including crucial strikes against Manchester United and Manchester City in the Premier League.
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