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Bale - 'I'll not play for Spurs again'

ESPN staff
August 14, 2013
Bale out for Wales

Gareth Bale has told Wales team-mates that he will not play for Spurs again, according to a report in the Sun.

The newspaper quotes a source in the Wales camp as saying: "Gareth is confused and bitter. He can't understand why Spurs have not agreed what would be the largest transfer fee in history.

"How could any player not be affected when he knows one of the world's biggest clubs has made a huge bid but that the deal isn't progressing? One thing's certain, he'll not play for Spurs again."

Bale remains in a state of limbo as discussions continue between Spurs and Real Madrid after a bid of £85 million was rebuffed. Bale, the newspaper reports, feels he is caught in limbo.

But Real's interest is cooling according to the Spanish media and it is reported that head coach Carlo Ancelotti has told club president Florentino Pérez that Bale is not integral to his plans this season.

Mundo Deportivo claimed that Spurs chairman Daniel Levy had begun to doubt whether Madrid can really afford the £170 million package of transfer and wages which the transfer would require.

These doubts may tally with what appears a change in message from Madrid's club figures in recent days. After Saturday's 3-0 win against Inter Milan in Saint Louis, Ancelotti answered a question about Bale by praising young attackers Jese Rodriguez and Alvaro Morata.

"Why talk about Bale when Jese and Morata have both played so well?" Ancelotti said. "They are young but incredibly talented."

Madrid president Florentino Perez's last comments on Bale were also lukewarm, when he told ESPN that £85 million "seems a lot" to spend on the player.

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