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Gareth Bale has said goodbye to team-mates, Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas reveals

By Simon Rice

Tottenham have confirmed for the first time that Gareth Bale is set for a move to Real Madrid - with Andre Villas-Boas seemingly resigned to losing his best player.

During a press conference today, it was also revealed that Bale has already said his goodbyes to Villas-Boas to his team-mates.

Despite the Welshman's impending exit, AVB is still riled by Bale's behaviour over the last few days which has seen him fail to report to training both yesterday and today. The Spurs manager admitted Bale may not turn up tomorrow either and that he was "not really in control of the situation"

Villas-Boas could not confirm during his press conference whether or not Bale would be fined. PFA rules state a player can be fined two weeks' wages so the Wales international could be hit with a bill of over £200,000 for his two no-shows.

After two months of stonewalling answers about the 24-year-old, Villas-Boas opened up about the future of the player who scored 26 goals for him last season.

"At the moment the two clubs are speaking - Tottenham and Real Madrid - to outline the final decisions or statements of contracts," Villas-Boas said with a look of resignation in his face.

"I am not sure how much time it will take. It could happen very, very soon.

"But it might not happen so soon so I suppose it could go to the last days or it could happen in the next two days."

Villas-Boas has remained calm throughout the two-month transfer saga, but today it was clear that the Tottenham manager has become fed up with the whole affair.

"Will he be in tomorrow? I don't know. I'm not really in control of the situation I've left it up to the club to decide what they want to do," the Spurs boss said.

"It's up to Gareth (whether he wants to come back again). He has a good relationship with everybody and he has saluted the players the other day, myself included."

Villas-Boas looked fed up throughout the press conference, and there is a clear feeling that he cannot wait for the transfer window to shut.

Several Real Madrid players, and their manager Carlo Ancelotti, have spoken publicly about Bale even though he is not on their books yet, and the club have seemingly erected a stage to present the player at the Bernabeu.

Daniel Levy has become annoyed at Real's tactics throughout the saga and that appears to be the same with Villas-Boas.

"I cannot comment on actions that another club has taken, I showed my disappointment before and I think Carlo did extremely well because he didn't speak about Gareth again after the first time," Villas-Boas said.

"Whether it's responsible or irresponsible, I don't care."

Tottenham have been strongly linked with Erik Lamela, Christian Eriksen and Vlad Chiriches over the last week.

But it seems even more new additions could arrive at White Hart Lane as well.

"I have told you that we will continue re-strengthening the squad so we are looking at different positions to make us stronger. Not only those players, others as well," he said.

"In the next couple of days we will have further news and I think we will see further additions at Tottenham."

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