Tottenham eager to resume Bale talks as Madrid interest persists

Tottenham Hotspur want to resume contract talks with Gareth Bale amid concerns the continued interest in the Wales winger from Real Madrid will push Bale out of White Hart Lane, according to the Daily Telegraph.

Bale is said to be leaning towards a move to La Liga, with Madrid ready to make an offer for the 24-year-old that would involve two players – Fabio Coentrao and Angel Di Maria – moving to north London in return, along with a fee large enough to take the overall valuation of the transfer to the £100m mark. The current world transfer record is the £80m Madrid paid Manchester United for Cristiano Ronaldo in 2009.

Spurs are willing to offer Bale a contract worth £170,000 per week in order to keep him from the clutches of Madrid but cannot have faith it will be signed. The newspaper claims talks between Tottenham and Bale first broke down months ago, despite Head Coach Andre Villas-Boas suggesting otherwise in a recent press conference. Tottenham will try to convince Bale to stay at his current home for at least another year, having already rejected an £81m approach from Madrid.

Villas-Boas is said to be concerned that Bale will force a move to the Santiago Bernabeu despite chairman Daniel Levy repeatedly and recently assuring the Portuguese he will not consent to selling Bale. But the Telegraph believes Levy will struggle to hold on to the former Southampton player given the intensity of Madrid’s interest.

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