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Madrid fans choose Bale over Neymar

ESPN staff
May 14, 2013
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Ninety-three per cent of Real Madrid fans would choose Gareth Bale over Neymar according to a poll run by Spanish sports paper AS.

With Madrid heavily linked with big money summer moves for both players, a landslide majority of the more than 60,000 internet users who voted said they would prefer to see the Tottenham attacker not the Santos starlet at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu next season.

Bale, who has scored 30 goals for club and country this year, has also been linked with Manchester United and Barcelona in recent months, but Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas has repeatedly stressed that the Welshman will remain at White Hart Lane next season.

"He is very, very driven to be successful," Villas-Boas said last weekend. "But you can see that he is enjoying his football and all of the indications that I have are that he will continue."

Neymar was widely assumed in Spain to have already agreed to join Barcelona either this summer or after the 2014 World Cup, but more recent reports have suggested Madrid president Florentino Perez is keen on hi-jacking that transfer.

Santos are now thought to be eager to sell to a club who would pay his €70 million release clause this summer rather than leave on a free when his contract ends in 12 months time.

AS reported on Tuesday that Santos president Luis Alvaro de Oliveira had told ESPN's Brazilian radio station that Neymar himself would make the final decision on his future.

"The release can be executed by either of the two parties," he said. "We have an interest in him staying until the end, but if he does not do that we will receive the amount in the clause [€70m]. I do not know if he will go to Madrid or Barcelona. He has the key and we will respect his decision, but he still remains an asset of this club."

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