Zidane hints “record-breaking money” from Real Madrid for Spurs star Gareth Bale
Bale has been strongly linked with Real Madrid over the past couple of months. During the past couple of weeks speculation regarding Bale’s arrival at Santiago Bernabeu has increased tenfold.
Reports from England suggest Tottenham Hotspur boss Andre Villas-Boas will be tempted to offer Bale is a huge offer arrives on his desk. Bale has desire of playing in the Champions League, something Tottenham Hotspur missed this season by whiskers.
The 23-year-old forward claims he will stay at Tottenham Hotspur this season, but Bale has also expressed ambition to play on foreign soil and in the Champions League. Therefore, the prodigal midfielder’s future abroad arrives before he expects it.
Zidane claims Real Madrid may be ready to offer “record-breaking money” for Bale, a deal which would overshadow the record of £80 million Real Madrid paid to sign in Cristiano Ronaldo from Manchester United back in 2009.
“The talk about Gareth Bale is not a surprise,” Zidane told the Daily Mail. “It is impossible to have the season he just had and not be linked with the biggest clubs in Europe.
“If any club is going to tempt Spurs, then it will take big money - maybe even record-breaking money. There are four or five clubs at the moment who have the finances not to be put off by a record-breaking fee like that.”
The White Hart Lane boss, Andre Villas-Boas expects Bale to stay at the club if no bids arrive, but failing to offer a lucrative new contract to the PFA and Football Writers’ Player of the Year might see Bale hand in his transfer request after all.
The magnitude of the deal Zidane is hinting is huge for a 23-year-old midfielder. The deal will not only test the resolve Tottenham Hotspur and Bale, but the monetary power Real Madrid possesses over spending on players like Bale.
With the departure of Jose Mourinho, Real Madrid needs to bring in a couple of new faces, but most importantly the x-factor, which they appear to have lost to Real Madrid once again.