Real Madrid players unconvinced over merits of Bale move

Gareth Bale will have to win over his Real Madrid teammates – if he completes his move to the Santiago Bernabeu from Tottenham Hotspur – after the Daily Mirror reported that influential members of the team are not convinced the Wales international is good enough for the club.

Publically a number of Madrid players have welcomed the approach for Bale, including goalkeeper and captain Iker Casillas and defender Sergio Ramos – two players said to be responsible for forcing a situation that saw Jose Mourinho’s position at the club become untenable by the end of last season.

Privately, however, it is said that a number of players at Madrid voiced their doubts at a dinner on the club’s tour of the United States, with questions raised over the club’s valuation of Bale. Madrid stand to pay a world record fee for the 24-year-old.

The Mirror quotes an unnamed source as saying: “One of the senior players said that he was surprised that Perez was willing to pay so much for one player and another asked, ‘What about us?’

A third player was adamant that Bale was not needed, and that the squad Carlo Ancelotti already has is strong enough without him,” the source continued. The newspaper adds that other reports name Casillas and Ramos as two of the players, with the third Fabio Coentrao, who has been mentioned as moving in the opposite direction as part of the transfer terms.

There is also said to be unrest surrounding Cristiano Ronaldo, the current most expensive player in the world, who is viewed as a player worth spending such exorbitant sums on – whereas Bale has only one season of Champions League football to his name.

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