Tottenham boss Villas-Boas condemns Bale’s attitude but confirms Real transfer
Andre Villas-Boas has confirmed Gareth Bale’s move from Tottenham Hotspur to Real Madrid. The White Hart Lane boss has told reporters Bale’s attitude has not been “correct”, still the attacking midfielder will be sold to Real Madrid. Bale has refused to show up for training sessions or games, although Villas-Boas has been calling him up for the past week.
The Tottenham Hotspur manager wasn’t able to confirm the exact date of the move, but he made it clear that Bale will be moving out of the club this summer. Villas-Boas told reporters that Bale had already bid farewell to his life in London and has moved out.
“At the moment the two clubs are speaking -- Tottenham and Real Madrid -- to outline the final decisions or statements of contracts and I am not sure how much time it will take,” Villas-Boas said.
“It could happen very, very soon. It might not happen so soon so I suppose it could go to the last days or it could happen in the next two days. It’s not up to me to finalize the deals. I don’t drag out anything. This is between clubs for one reason or the other. This deal has not happened because it has taken this time.
“You wouldn’t expect the biggest transfer in world football to happen easily. Whenever they get to an agreement, end of story.”
Upon being questioned on whether Bale’s departure from Tottenham Hotspur was based on the club finding a replacement for the Wales international, Villas-Boas confirmed that the transfer would go ahead regardless of that matter.
“I don’t think so. We’ve been very, very active in the market so I don’t think so,” Villas-Boas added.
Despite having a healthy relationship with Bale, Villas-Boas threw some criticism at the 24-year-old winger for his attitude towards Spurs.
“I gave the player the weekend off, Monday was a day off for the squad. He is involved in a big transfer move to Real Madrid in the end if it happens, we wish him all the best,” Villas-Boas said.
“What he left here is great memories and the fact that he hasn’t turned up, I don't think it's the correct behavior, but in the end it's a position of pressure and a statement from the player or whatever that means. It's a position they chose to take. It's up to the club now to decide if it's a fineable offence.
“I don’t think he’s on strike. Will he be in tomorrow? I don’t know. I’m not really in control of the situation I’ve left it up to the club to decide what they want to do.
“Until the transfer happens the player is a Tottenham player. If there are orders for him to be here and he is not, I can only leave it to club officials to deal with it. It’s up to the club to decide whether or not it’s a breach of club rules. I’ve given my opinion on it, it’s up to them to decide whether they act on it or not.”