Tottenham round up: Including Bale and Banega

Gareth Bale

Also includes news of England call ups for Spurs players.

Gareth Bale missed training at Tottenham yesterday after flying back from Spain. With Bale seemingly being very close to joining Real Madrid. Though manager Andre Villas-Boas said he “would expect him to be there” the Daily Express has reported that Spurs say there is no issue by looking to remain in control of the situation.

Former Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon has accused current president Florentino Perez of going too far by having a stage erected at the Bernabéu and offering to sell club strips with the Welshman’s name printed online.

Calderon told The Daily Telegraph: ““The president in some cases is behaving with a bit of arrogance.

“When you are very powerful, like Real Madrid is, you have to be humble. It’s what I did.

“You can’t go over the world just pushing things to the limit.”

Away from the transfer of Bale, Tottenham’s chances of reuniting their manager with Hulk look to have hit a stumbling block after Zenit St Petersburg manager Luciano Spalletti said he wasn’t for sale. AVB worked with Hulk for a season at Porto, with Spurs believed to have been prepared to pay around £30m for the forward, though some reports indicate £40m could land the player. 

The club seem to have shifted their attention to trying to land Ever Banega from Valencia for £26m – the reported figure to activate a release clause in his contract. The 25-year-old Argentine midfielder has reportedly been a target of Arsenal and Manchester United.

Spurs have also insisted their enquiry to try and land Chelsea playmaker Juan Mata is a genuine one, but according to a report in the Daily Star, Arsenal could be ready to rival Spurs in trying to get the Spaniard to switch London clubs.

Away from transfers, Andros Townsend has been given recognition for his impressive start to the season by being selected in England's squad to face Moldova and Ukraine.

Townsend joins team-mates Kyle Walker and Jermain Defoe, whilst Tom Carroll, Ezekiel Fryers and Harry Kane have been selected by new England U21 manager Gareth Southgate for their games against Moldova and Finland. 

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