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Gareth Bale Tells Tottenham, “I Only Want to Play For Real Madrid”

gareth bale times square Gareth Bale Tells Tottenham, I Only Want to Play For Real Madrid

Tottenham star Gareth Bale has told Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy that he only wants to play for Real Madrid, and that Levy has broken his promise to let Bale join the Spanish club, according to a new reports in Spain.

Here’s what Bale allegedly told Levy, according to Marca:

“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.

“Well that offer has arrived and I want to play for Real Madrid. So keep your word and negotiate.

“I’m not interested in Manchester United or any other club. I only want to play for Real Madrid.”

Bale supposedly told those words to Levy last week in London before the player headed out to Asia for the Barclays Asia Trophy.

Spanish newspaper AS reports that Levy is only willing to let Bale go for offers of more than £100million.

At the same time, Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas says that contract talks are undergoing between Bale’s agent and the London club regarding a new contract to fend off interest from Real Madrid.

Villas-Boas said:

“There was contact between the club and his agent last year and there is ongoing contact between the club and his agent.

“We renewed his contract at the beginning of last season, if you remember, and it’s something that is being dealt with by the chairman and the agent.

“Talks are ongoing but that doesn’t mean there is an agreement. At the moment we’re confident that the player is under contract at Tottenham, as was done last year. It’s something that we’re speaking about, but there aren’t any developments.”

The longer that Bale and Tottenham stall on agreeing a new contract, the more tense the situation becomes regarding whether Bale will stay in England or not.

What do you make of the developing story? Are Real Madrid trying to unsettle Bale by feeding lies to Madrid newspaper Marca? Or is everything rosy between Bale and Tottenham as Villas-Boas infers? Or is the truth somewhere in between? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.

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51 Responses to Gareth Bale Tells Tottenham, “I Only Want to Play For Real Madrid”

  1. Guy says:

    The truth is there are still 22 days until the season starts….and therein lies the real problem.

  2. Wicks says:

    Are you seriously citing Marca as a legit source of news? smh

  3. Sam Johnson says:

    You do know that this is just the Modric story from last year with the names replaced?

    Such lazy, lazy, lazy journalism. Anything to get some hits, eh!

  4. THFC1972 says:

    How can a Spanish newspaper (using the term loosely) have any idea what Gareth Bale said to Levy at a private meeting in London?!

    I agree with Sam Johnson – its just lazy journalism.

  5. dontlike cretins says:

    Only somebody that lacks talent would attract traffic by posting a totally dishonest headline. I know “it’s merely misleading”. Perhaps Harris might provide a source or substantiation as it must be obvious to him that there are limited sources. Did Bale, Levy or anybody else present state what was said.If so what’s the source? Surely even the wannabe scribbling this article could anticipate this question and quickly respond with some substantion however ridiculous. The lack of shame exhibited by some posters on the internet is breath-taking.

  6. Nelson says:

    This is total and utter bull****. The quotes are not Gareth’s. This tapping up of Bale by Real Madrid needs to be addressed by the FA. The club has been despicable this summer, circulating fabricated statements and even saving a Bale Real Madrid shirt. Bale has never once said he wants to leave Spurs or join Madrid. Be prepared to get disappointed.

  7. Nelson says:

    This article has just as much cred.

    Bale tells Real Madrid to “stop stalking me and piss off”.

  8. hanoverboxer says:

    I just wanted to say, this is a very good site you have, Christopher Harris. I am a refugee from ESPN FC.

    If Bale leaves, I think Clint Dempsey should follow him out the door. It seems like a poorly run club to me.

    • Paul says:

      It used to be an ok site but it’s now WorldGossipTalk with the occasional fanzine-esque article thrown in alongside.

      I’m glad to see it’s not just me who is thinking it either, if the posts above and below are anything to go by. If it’s not Suarez you’re creating headlines with and posting idle gossip about, it’s seemingly Bale. Very, very poor again.

      • Christopher Harris says:

        It’s the silly season. Once the transfer window is over, things will go back to normal. Right now, the transfer stories are the big news of the day. Fabregas. Rooney. Suarez. Bale, etc.

      • Rob Donnelly says:

        To be fair in regards to Suarez, he has openly said that he wants to leave Liverpool and the club have set a valuation for him.

        Tottenham have said Bale is not for sale and the player has only spoken about being at Spurs next season.They are different situations

  9. marvlington says:

    Somebody may end up in court over these FALSE qoutes . Although I know this article was on another website but it is libelous and a complete fabrication . I think the media as a whole wants it to happen as it sells more papers

  10. Rob Donnelly says:

    Bale was saying today that he is looking forward to firing spurs in to the Champions League, as for Marca, i wouldn’t wipe my backside with it. He’s just signed a three year deal with BT to be the face of the Premier League and talks are ongoing regarding his new contract.

    Its just one story after another each one contradicting the last. All signs point to Bale being at Spurs next season.

  11. dck says:

    I see nothing has been done about the ads that either don’t load or take all day to load. Since this just started yesterday (ads worked as expected before this)and is affecting several others can you please do something about it? It is not my internet connection, browser, OS, etc. It was suggested yesterday to access via mobile device – that is not an acceptable work-around.

    • Christopher Harris says:

      We’ve looked into it and haven’t been able to replicate the issue on a XP running IE8, or any other device. The ad should load within a few seconds if you’re on a broadband connection.

  12. Balboa75 says:

    Spuds supporters are some of the classiest in football! All bark and no bite… I bet it hurts to read your star player wants to leave the farm club for a big boy team, huh? Keep denying it and maybe you’ll crack the Champions League.

    • Rob Donnelly says:

      it would hurt if he had said it, but he didn’t so it doesn’t.

    • KJ Stewart says:

      Funny, Match of the Day magazine, whom Bale actually HAS spoken to, have just published him saying this:

      “We all believe we can get into the Champions League otherwise there’s not point being here.”

      “It’s just a matter of going out there and proving everyone we can.”

      “We did (challenge for the title) a couple of seasons ago so there’s no reason why not.”

      “We’ve definitely got a good enough team to challenge. It just depends on how consistent we can be.”

      “We’re all looking forward to the season, hopefully we can improve on last season – I’m sure with a few more additions to the squad we’ll be a lot better.”

      So yeah, unlucky. We have every right to be sick of all this unsettling BS. Gareth is staying. Quotes that were never actually spoken, which a notoriously BS *Spanish* news sources *claims* to have magically heard don’t mean he isn’t.

      The only ‘big boy team’ next season are the team from White Hart Lane that he’ll be helping to fire in to the Champions League. Again.

      • Rob Donnelly says:

        There’s no mischief to be made by running an article that says ” BALE FULLY FOCUSED ON SEASON FOR SPURS ”

        We Spurs boys know the truth.

  13. Mufc77 says:

    Are spurs fans seriously upset about Madrid allegedly wanting to overpay for a player.

    Bale alone isn’t going to get you to the champions league it’s a team sport and with at least four other top teams competing for the champions league spots they should take the money and get in 3-4 top players to improve the squad.

    • yespage says:

      I don’t think Spur fans would mind an 80 million pound transfer. The problem is, the sources for these stories (and the stories themselves) are highly suspect and most likely are not worth posting on.

      Although I do have a source that stated that in a private meeting between Bale and Levy, Bale said “He would only advertise for Carling. He loves the smooth, refreshing taste of Carling. He doesn’t care about Guinness, only Carling is good enough for him to sponsor.”

    • yespage says:

      Also, the title of this blog’s article makes a bold claim of quoting Bale, when in fact the story itself seems to indicate the only possible source could be Levy.

  14. ben says:

    Everyone realizes that ESPN report is simply a report reporting what Marca reported, correct?

  15. NC says:

    These commentors gripping over “lazy journalism” and “false quotes” act as if all other transfer rumors from news sites are 100% credible and 100% authentic. With any news story only one person can break a story. Everyone else that follows can be accused of stealing the story but that is stupid. Second, soccer transfer rumors are mostly made up.

  16. COYx says:

    What a clever way to drag Spurs supporters out of the woodwork.

  17. Sam says:

    Gaffer, I like your site – I do. Please don’t use Marca as a source – this is obviously made up, as multiple legit sources are saying bale is in negotiations to extend his contract today.

    • Christopher Harris says:

      The article also mentions that Bale’s agent is in talks with Tottenham to discuss a contract renewal. Hopefully Bale will stay at Spurs.

  18. Rob Donnelly says:

    These are direct quotes from Bale in match of the day magazine and were published yesterday by the daily mail.

    Asked if Spurs can reach the Champions League, Bale told Match of the Day magazine: ‘Definitely. We all believe we can get into the Champions League otherwise there’s not point being here.

    ‘It’s just a matter of going out there and proving everyone we can.’

    We’re all looking forward to the season, hopefully we can improve on last season – I’m sure with a few more additions to the squad we’ll be a lot better.’

    One signing Spurs have already made is Paulinho, a £17million arrival from Corinthians that is exciting his new team-mate.

    Bale said: ‘I saw him in the Confederations Cup and he looked a good strong player. I’m sure he’ll be a great addition to the squad. And he’ll give us a little bit more.’

  19. Stephen says:

    This so-called paper makes the old National Enquirer look like a paragon of accurate reporting.

    That being said I think the truth is somewhere in between.

  20. No_Lie says:

    This is the second post you’ve done about this totally falsified garbage. Are you really that hard up for page hits?

  21. Wongo1 says:

    Why does anyone put any credence in what Marca says? According to them, United signed Thiago, Strootman and like 7 other players. They are as bad as the Sun!!

  22. Christopher Harris says:

    For what it’s worth, The Guardian ran a story about the Marca article, too at

  23. Marc L says:

    Someone needs to make a table of crap journo outfits on which points are gained for flat-out fabrication of transfer rumors. You’d get 3 points for being the first to make things up (i.e. Marca here) and one point for utilizing one of the others to publish the made-up report yourself. (i.e. the ESPN use of Marca as a source.)

    Gaffer gets NO POINTS in my opinion (good on him), as he is just linking to what these slimeballs say and is supplying no fresh inventions of his own.

  24. Bryan says:

    Can the Gaffer explain how NBC Sports Live Extra works ? I just changed my FIOS package in order to see the EPL on NBC Sports Network in HD. But even this pricier package has no NBC Sports Live Extra, on which some games are going to be shown. So what is Live Extra ?

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