Real Madrid’s interest in signing Tottenham’s Gareth Bale appears to have cooled, with new manager Carlo Ancelotti insisting the Welshman is not integral to his plans next season, reports the Daily Telegraph.
Ancelotti is understood to have made the comments in a private meeting with president Florentino Perez during the club’s US tour, and come after Cristiano Ronaldo refused to publicly endorse the potential world record deal.
There appears to have been a change of public opinion in Madrid, with many questioning the wisdom of meeting the £100million asking price set by Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy.
The pressure has eased somewhat on Real Madrid with the club having won six of their seven pre-season friendlies, enough to suggest to Ancelotti the club perhaps don’t need to sign another Galactico in the hope of rivalling Barcelona next season.
The news may trigger an offer from Premier League rivals Manchester United for Bale, who have been quietly linked with the Welshman over the past few days.
United are unlikely to be able to match the offer Real Madrid put on the table, but are hopeful a deal that could involve Mexican striker Javier Hernandez in part exchange would be enough to interest Spurs.
After Real’s last game against Inter Milan in St Louis, Ancelotti was asked about Bale.
“Why talk about Bale when Jesé [Rodríguez] and [Alvaro] Morata have both played so well. They are young but incredibly talented,” the Los Blancos boss said.
Cristiano Ronaldo added: “I have my views but I am not going to share them publicly.”
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