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Gareth Bale misses Tottenham Hotspur training for a second day as Real Madrid switch drags on

By Paul Hirst

Unsettled Tottenham forward Gareth Bale has failed to report for training for a second day.

Bale, who wants to move to Real Madrid, skipped training on Tuesday, and he did not turn up at the north London club's base on today.

The 24-year-old did not take part in today's open training session and was understood he was not on the Enfield complex at all.

Even though Bale is officially unavailable for Spurs because of a foot injury, he has been included in the Wales squad for their upcoming games against Macedonia and Serbia.

Tottenham, meanwhile, insist they will not sell Bale to Madrid until they have signed at least one more player to replace him.

Talks in London are ongoing with Roma over the possible transfer of midfielder Erik Lamela, but Villas-Boas' hopes of being reunited with Zenit St Petersburg forward Hulk look set to be dashed after the club's manager Luciano Spalletti said the Brazilian was not for sale.

Real's hand has been weakened over the course of the last week thanks to their decision to erect a stage that was reportedly set to be used to unveil Bale on Tuesday.

It is understood that Spurs chairman Daniel Levy has also not taken kindly to the idea that Real started selling replica shirts with Bale's name on the back, and their offer to spread the world-record fee for Bale over six years.

Bale spent the weekend in Marbella after Villas-Boas gave him the weekend off, but he was back in London on Tuesday for a meeting with his agent Jonathan Barnett.

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