Gareth Bale has told Tottenham he wants to hold talks with Real Madrid after the Spanish giants said the opportunity to make the move to the Bernabeu is a once in a lifetime opportunity, according to the Daily Mirror.
Madrid have told Tottenham that they will start to search elsewhere if a decision on the Welsh winger’s future is not taken quickly.
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is hoping to arrange a summit meeting with Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy in Miami during the first week of August, at the same time Madrid visit the city as part of their pre-season tour.
Perez has already submitted a world record offer of £51million, plus players Fabio Coentrao and Angel Di Maria – an offer Tottenham have claimed they have no interest in taking.
Instead they are preparing to offer Bale a new contract at White Hart Lane, one the Welshman will refuse to sign on the account he believes a chance to join Real Madrid may not come around again.
Levy is adamant that his star man is not for sale, and has assured manager Andre Villas-Boas that he will resist any further offers from the Spaniards.
Meanwhile, Real Madrid players have had their say on the potential signing, with Alvaro Arbeloa claiming he would be delighted to see Bale make the move.
“I have played against Bale and no-one can doubt his quality,” Arbeloa said.
“This type of player always interests a top club like Real Madrid because our challenge is to win titles.”
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