The Spaniard revealed Real Madrid had been ‘respectful’ of Tottenham’s stance that the world record breaking Welshman was not for sale, prior to the emergence of Manchester United as rivals to sign him.
Speaking in an interview on Spanish radio, Perez claimed:
"I believe that Tottenham truly did not want to sell him. We respected that they did not want to sell him. We found out at a certain moment that Manchester United were going to make an offer. That is when we made ours.”
“The player heard about that, and since he was small he has been a Madrid fan. His dream was to play for Madrid, and when he heard we had made a good offer for him, he did everything possible to come here."
Reports over the weekend prior to deadline day surfaced claiming there had been a ‘second bid’ from an unnamed club to sign Bale from Spurs, which the North Londoners rejected.
However, United manager David Moyes seemed to have dismissed claims that the English champions were behind that ‘second bid’, although he refused to confirm or deny that United had in fact been interested in Bale.
On September 14th, following the close of the transfer window, Moyes stated:
“I wouldn't confirm anything, the window has now closed…I have said many times we are always bidding for the best players."
However, Florentino Perez is apparently willing to confirm that for him – the Madrid president paints a picture of Tottenham holding out, refusing to sell, Manchester United entering the frame and Real doing everything in their power to ensure they got their man before the Red Devils had the chance.
This information only compounds what has already been a difficult and somewhat embarrassing start to life in Manchester for David Moyes – aside from a 4-1 defeat in the Manchester derby last weekend, the club and the manager had come under fire for a number of high profile failures in the summer transfer market which saw the likes of Cesc Fabregas, Leighton Baines, Ander Herrera, Fabio Coentrao and now, Gareth Bale remain at their clubs or sign elsewhere.