Gareth Bale fails to report for training with Tottenham Hotspur
Real Madrid target Gareth Bale did not report to Tottenham’s training ground on Tuesday morning.
Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas said on Sunday that he expected Bale to be back in London on Tuesday after giving the forward the weekend off.
Unlike the rest of his team-mates, the Welshman did not turn up for training at the club’s training ground in Enfield on Tuesday morning, however.
Sources in Bale's camp played down suggestions that the player has become "furious and frustrated" with Tottenham's handling of his proposed world-record transfer to Real Madrid.
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Yet it is clear that all three parties involved did not expect the saga to drag on for this long.
Real first indicated their interest in Bale two months ago, but, with less than a week left of the transfer window, the 24-year-old remains a Spurs player.
Real Madrid were so confident of signing Bale that they started selling replica shirts with his name on the back last week.
Real also erected a stage at the Bernabeu as part of a big plan by president Florentino Perez to unveil the player at the home of the nine-time European champions.
That unveiling was supposed to take place today, two days before Bale was scheduled to turn out for the Spanish giants in a friendly against Deportivo La Coruna.
But Real’s actions have only served to delay the Welshman’s transfer to the Spanish capital.
It is believed Tottenham have become increasingly annoyed with Real’s tactics this summer.
The two clubs forged a supposed partnership last summer following the sale of Luka Modric, but the Bale shirt sales and the construction of the stage inside the Bernabeu have annoyed Spurs chairman Daniel Levy greatly.
Although Bale has his heart set on a move to Real, it emerged on Monday that Tottenham are considering at least one more offer for the player.
It is also understood that Tottenham are unhappy with Real's intention to spread the world-record fee over six years.
Bale has always reported to Tottenham’s base for treatment on his foot injury throughout the transfer saga, but this is the first time he has not done so.
Villas-Boas made it clear that he expected Bale to be back at the training ground today following his weekend break in Marbella.
Speaking after Tottenham’s 1-0 win over Swansea on Sunday, Villas-Boas said: “Tomorrow (Monday) is a day off. Tuesday is training so I would expect him to be there.”
Bale is expected to miss the second leg of Tottenham’s Europa League play-off against Dinamo Tbilisi on Thursday.
Manchester United have enquired about Bale’s availability in the past, but manager David Moyes denied they had renewed their interest in the player.
Asked if United had made a bid, he said: ‘’No.”
But, having not yet made a major signing since taking over at United, Moyes cryptically mentioned that he was still on the lookout for new players.
He said: ‘’I have just said Manchester United are always interested in the best players.
”The board and myself would always be looking to sign who we think are the best players, whoever they are.”