Ancelotti confirms Real Madrid and Tottenham in talks for Bale

Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed the club are in talks with Tottenham Hotspur over the transfer of Gareth Bale, BBC Sport has reported.

It has been claimed that Madrid are willing to break the world transfer record to sign Bale from Spurs with an offer worth more than the £80m they paid Manchester United for Cristiano Ronaldo in 2009. No formal approach has been made to Tottenham, the BBC adds, but Bale is understood to have told the club he wants to speak with Madrid.

I believe the club is in talks to find a solution and we will see what happens,” Ancelotti said, adding that he was reluctant to speak about Bale since he is still under a Tottenham contract. “It is difficult to talk about Bale because he is not a Real Madrid player at present,” he added. “I have never spoken to him,” the former Chelsea boss continued. “I do not usually talk to players who are not from my team and it would not be fair to do so.

Speculation that former Tottenham playmaker Luka Modric would be included in an offer for Bale was rejected by the Italian. “It is not true that Modric is going. He is a very important player for us and he will be here this season,” Ancelotti confirmed.

Madrid have already spent more than £50m on two players – paying £34m for Real Sociedad midfielder Asier Illaramendi, with Malaga playmaker Isco joining for £23m. Madrid have also brought Dani Carvajal back to the club after a spell with Bayer Leverkusen, and completed the permanent signing of Casemiro from Sao Paolo.

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