Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 2 October 2014

AVB hopes Bale saga comes to an end

Should a deal not be agreed on Monday then Gareth Bale is expected to be back at Tottenham's training ground the following day

Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas hopes the long-running Gareth Bale transfer saga will finally come to an end in the next couple of days.

Spurs maintained their 100 per cent winning start to the season with a 1-0 victory against Swansea on Sunday, but Bale was not there to watch as he was in Marbella having been given the weekend off.

The Welshman has been linked with a world-record move to Real Madrid all summer and the fact that the Spanish giants have erected a stage at the Bernabeu suggests they are preparing to unveil Bale as their latest 'Galactico'.

Villas-Boas responded diplomatically when quizzed about the Welshman's future on Sunday night. The Portuguese said there was a possibility that Bale would stay, although he hardly looked as if he meant it, and he defended his star man for missing the game.

"There is interest from Real Madrid," Villas-Boas said. "Whether the transfer will happen or not, hopefully you will have more news in the next couple of days, but at the moment there is nothing I can tell you."

Should a deal not be agreed on Monday then Villas-Boas expects Bale to be back at Tottenham's training ground the following day.

"Monday is a day off. Tuesday is training so I would expect him to be there," the 35-year-old said. "We have allowed him two days off.

"It's not the first time this has come up. We never force non-selected players to come to our games. I decided that last season."

Chelsea snatched Willian from under Tottenham's noses and Blues boss Jose Mourinho then gloated by criticising Spurs' handling of the Brazilian's medical.

Villas-Boas refused to criticise Willian for snubbing Spurs and he even cracked a joke when asked about Steaua Bucharest defender Vlad Chiriches, who is close to joining Spurs for £8.5million.

"Maybe someone will steal him as well," Villas-Boas quipped. "But there is interest in (Chiriches)."

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