Real Madrid owner confirms discussion over Spurs star Gareth Bale.
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez says he met with Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy last summer to discuss the possibility of signing Gareth Bale.
The La Liga giants were dissuaded from bidding in 2012, but construction magnate Perez hinted that an increased bid for the Welshman in 2013 could prove successful.
“Bale’s one of the big players out there in Europe and Real Madrid always likes big players,” Perez told Spanish television programme Punto Pelota, as quoted by the Sun newspaper in the UK.
“I met Tottenham chairman Levy last year and he has an obligation to defend their interests.
“Regarding the figures spoken about Bale, players are neither cheap nor expensive, but an investment.
“Most expensive players are those that can be classified as an investment because, if they are very good, they produce a return.”
“Bale is one of Europe’s great players and Real Madrid always likes great players.
“We have to improve our squad but we have to do it with tranquillity — and we’ll do that in the next weeks.”
That final statement appears to suggest a transfer bid for Gareth Bale is likely to come from Real Madrid this summer, and a poll of close to 200,000 fans in the Spanish capital’s biggest sports publication Marca indicated that the fans would firmly back a move.
127,233 (64.5%) of the 197,202 fans surveyed said that 23 year-old Bale was the player they wanted most at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.
After a season in which he scored 26 goals and eight assists in all competitions from an attacking midfield role, Bale is understandably coveted by arguably the biggest club in the world.