Real Madrid have put on hold their hopes of landing Tottenham Hotspur’s Gareth Bale this summer.
The attacking midfielder was believed to be an €80m target for the Spanish giants but, according to The Sun, he looks set to stay at White Hart Lane for at least another season after bosses at the Bernabeu announced Spurs were unwilling to do business.
“Real Madrid have decided to put the Gareth Bale signing on hold,” a Madrid source is quoted by Marca as saying.
“After receiving yet another ‘no’ from Tottenham, Florentino Perez and his team have decided to call it a day and now see the signing of Bale this summer as impossible.
“Daniel Levy, the English club’s President, is not open to negotiation and, faced with such inflexibility, reaching any sort of agreement is not viable.”
Barcelona, Manchester City and Manchester United have all shown interest in the 23-year-old Welsh international but it now seems highly unlikely he will be moving anywhere, at least for the time being.
The Marca article quoted the source as adding that the player himself is also happy to remain with the Londoners.
“Bale is content to stay another year in England despite the fact his club will not be taking part in the Champions League.
“He says that he’s very thankful to Tottenham and that he’s happy where he is.
“He has no release clause, will not be making a transfer request and considers that, at his age, he has time enough to make the jump into the big time.
“And when that happens, he wants it to be with Los Blancos,”