…claim Spanish rag Marca.
In an extraordinary piece of editorial, Spanish daily Marca – the unofficial mouthpiece of Real Madrid – have claimed Gareth Bale has demanded to leave Tottenham for Real.
The paper claims to have direct quotes from a meeting that reportedly took place between Bale and Spurs chairman Daniel Levy in London last Wednesday in which the Welshman stressed he wanted to move to the Bernabeu.
“You made me a promise. You promised me if we didn’t qualify for the Champions League and a good offer turned up you’d listen to it,” Bale reportedly told Levy.
“Well that offer has arrived and I want to play for Real Madrid. So keep your word and negotiate.”
Quite how Marca learned of these quotes is not made clear but Bale allegedly added: “I’m not interested in Manchester United or any other club. I only want to play for Real Madrid.”
Bale is under contract with Spurs until 2016 and boss Andre Villas-Boas confirmed on Friday that the club were in talks with the Welshman’s representatives over a new contract.
Marca, however, reiterated its claim from earlier in the week that the 24-year-old and his agent Jonathan Barnett have already agreed a six-year deal with Los Blancos, after Barnett met Real president Florentino Perez and Jose Angel Sanchez on 25 June.