Gareth Bale is reportedly “distraught” that Tottenham Hotspur rejected Real Madrid’s world record transfer bid for him.
Los Blancos are said to have offered a simply astounding €100 million for the Welshman, as they seek to make him the latest ‘Galactico’ in their pantheon of stars.
Bale wants to play in the Champions League, and wants to represent a major club capable of winning trophies at the highest level.
Spurs finished last season in fifth-place in the English Premier League, and even though they have strengthened their squad impressively ahead of the new campaign, they will surely face another intense battle to end in a top-four position.
The London club has hoped Bale would sign a contract extension, in the belief that he can help them make the step up into regular Champions League qualifiers.
But even then, the 24-year-old’s ambitions may not be satisfied. After all, the best players want to represent teams who can win the most important trophies, not just compete for them.
Bale is said to believe that he is ready for a new challenge, and cannot believe that Spurs chairman Daniel Levy has turned a blind eye to the incredible offer on the table.
Heavyweight Real Madrid personality, Zinedine Zidane put the cat among the pigeons at the weekend, after the news of the mega bid for Bale emerged.
“I think Real Madrid have made their admiration of Gareth Bale very clear -- and it has been made clear that we would not be put off by the cost of the player," he said.
“But if Gareth feels now is the time to move, then he has to have a private discussion with his club and express that he wants to leave.”
With the transfer window soon to begin closing for another six months, Los Blancos will be keen to add Bale to their already glittering roster, sooner rather than later.
And then manager Carlo Ancelotti will begin the mouth-watering challenge of figuring out where to slot the Welshman in.
Cristiano Ronaldo already occupies the nominal left-sided attacking position Bale finds natural.
And in the centre of the park, where Bale played to such devastating effect last season, all of Mesut Ozil, Isco, Asier Illarramendi and Kaka are already competing for Carlo’s trust and affection.
For Luis Suarez’s name to be knocked out of the headlines took a world record bid for Gareth Bale.
It will be intriguing to see how brave Daniel Levy is in playing chicken with a 100 million ton monster truck, and which side of the road between London and Madrid Bale appears on when the game of chicken is over.
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