Tottenham transfers: Gareth Bale is not for sale, reiterates AVB
Tottenham transfers: Andre Villas-Boas reiterates that Gareth Bale is not for sale, despite talk of Real Madrid launching a £100m bid
Andre Villas-Boas has criticised Real Madrid for acting inappropriately in their pursuit of Gareth Bale – and insists the Welsh star is not for sale.
Madrid have spoken openly about their desire to sign the Spurs talisman this summer, with reports in the Spanish media suggesting Bale is ready to sign a six-year £160,000-a-week deal.
And although Villas-Boas confirmed Spurs are talking with Madrid, the 35-year-old insisted he is planning the club’s future with Bale very much in his plans.
“I think so [Madrid have acted improperly], in my opinion,” Villas-Boas told a news conference.
“Carlo [Ancelotti] is a person I appreciate a lot and we have great respect for each other, but bearing in mind this situation they have decided to make it public.
“Normally in situations like this it is scrutinised by the Football Association with lots of care and attention.
“We have seen lots of people speak about a player that is not theirs and we are due some respect.
“These rumours of an imminent transfer are not true. The only thing we have communicated with Real Madrid is that he is our player and he is not for sale.
“Gareth is a guy I really like. We are talking with Real Madrid because there is respect between the two clubs following the transfer last season of Luka Modrić.
“We are building a great team for next season. We envisage the future with Gareth. But we know that in football anything is possible.”