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Gareth Bale is reportedly not talking to Andres Villas-Boas

Gareth Bale is reportedly not talking to Andres Villas-Boas

Gareth Bale is reportedly not talking to Andres Villas-Boas

Gareth Bale's frustration with Spurs is threatening to boil over as Andre Villas-Boas revealed the Wales star isn't speaking to him.

Bale remains in a state of turmoil and is growing increasingly exasperated with the refusal of Spurs chairman Daniel Levy to sanction a world-record move to Real Madrid, with Villas-Boas ruling the winger out of the next three games.

Though the Spurs manager has insisted Bale is struggling with a foot injury, sources have claimed that the 24-year-old is fully fit and is reluctant to play for fear of risking a possible move to Real before the transfer window closes.

Bale has also reiterated that he has no intention of discussing a new contract and is hopeful that Levy will back down from his hardline stance and allow him to move.

Levy is demanding a fee in excess of the world transfer record of £80m Real paid Manchester United for Cristiano Ronaldo four years ago, and talks between the two clubs have not progressed over the past week.

Despite engaging in two rounds of negotiations, between Levy and Real president Florentino Perez, Spurs are determined to hold out for the best possible deal amid suspicions that the Spanish giants do not have the funds to complete it.

Villas-Boas is now enduring the silent treatment from his prized asset, and the relationship between Bale and the club is becoming ever more fractious.

Villas-Boas has emphasised Bale's immense importance to the club by comparing his influence to that of the best two players in the world, Lionel Messi and Ronaldo, but the situation is becoming more acrimonious, as he revealed by publicising the impasse between player and club.

"His mental state nobody knows because the player doesn't speak," said Villas-Boas.

"The only thing that we are able to see or you (media) are able to see is the player arriving in and out of the training ground. We are aware that Real Madrid are interested in the player. It doesn't mean that we are willing to negotiate him. Our idea is to count on Gareth.

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"Speculation has aroused with the player because of the quality that he has and the season he had last season, the amazing moments of individual brilliance. Ideally, we'd like the player to continue belonging to Tottenham.

"We can speak to the players regarding their ambitions and we can explain to them that at certain stages players are under contract and have the responsibility towards their clubs. And we as club, or the chairman as the person who controls the club, has to defend their own interest.

"You take Messi and Ronaldo out of Barcelona and Real Madrid, you see how many points they have."

Bale has not played for Spurs since the friendly against Swindon last month but joined up with Wales for international duty this week, taking part in a short training session on his own.

He refused to answer questions about his future and has thus far declined to publicly give any hint of his intentions, though he has repeatedly told Spurs that he is desperate to move on.

It is highly unlikely that Bale will be selected this month and when asked whether he would be training with Spurs any time soon, Villas-Boas said: "We have to assess if the pain in his foot has stopped troubling his progress to return into first-team training.

"He is very far off regarding his fitness compared to the others but the player is a super athlete."

While the saga surrounding Bale shows no signs of reaching anything but an acrimonious ending, Spurs have been active in the transfer market and yesterday added Toulouse midfielder Etienne Capoue to their squad.

"We have managed to do some very, very important deals which make us extremely happy," said Villas-Boas. (© Daily Telegraph, London)


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