Real Madrid end chase of Tottenham winger Bale for another year

Real Madrid have called a halt to their pursuit of Tottenham Hotspur winger Gareth Bale for at least a year after determining they cannot convince Daniel Levy to part with the Wales international this summer, the Daily Mirror has reported.

Spurs are said to have told Madrid they will reject any and all offers made for Bale, leaving the Spanish club with little option to turn their attention elsewhere – Bale has no release clause in his existing Tottenham contract and has shown no willingness to agitate for a move away from his current club. Indeed, Bale is now expected to sign a new contract to remain at White Hart Lane.

Madrid are likely to try again for Bale next year but have been pushing for the Bale move since April, with Zinidine Zidane, the former Madrid midfielder now a member of the club’s hierarchy, regularly complimenting Bale and Florentino Perez, the Madrid president, insisting he would pay any sum to sign the Wales international. But Spurs and Bale have remained unmoved.

Bale has admitted he wants to play in the Champions League again after a brief taste of the competition a few years ago but is not so desperate that he will try to leave Tottenham this year. Spurs missed out on the tournament after finishing fifth in the Premier League but it was a successful season for Bale on an individual level, winning a number of player of the year awards and enjoying a prolific campaign under Andre Villas-Boas.

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