Tottenham transfers: Real Madrid tight-lipped on Gareth Bale speculation

Tottenham transfers: Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti refuses to comment on speculation linking them with Gareth Bale

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Carlo Ancelotti has refused to talk about Real Madrid’s pursuit of Tottenham Hotspur winger Gareth Bale.

Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas criticised Ancelotti for his part in the incessant speculation linking the Wales international with a move to the La Liga runners-up this summer.

Real Madrid are reportedly weighing up a world-record £100m bid for the 24-year-old despite Tottenham’s insistence the PFA player and young player of the year is not for sale.

“I won’t speak about Bale, because I have already angered him [Villas-Boas] and I don’t want to anger another coach,” said Ancelotti.

“I didn’t say anything in particular and I prefer not to talk about this.”

Earlier on Monday, Tottenham director Sir Keith Mills admitted Spurs could struggle to keep Bale if the Spurs forward has his heart set on a move to Real Madrid.

“We very much want Bale to stay,” Mills said.

“[But] if a player is desperate to leave, it’s very difficult to force him to stay.

“We’ve seen it in other clubs. Even if he has a contract, you can’t force somebody to play for you.”

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