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Transfer Balls: Spurs chairman Daniel Levy cuts short holiday to shun Gareth Bale

by | 29th, July 2013

THE Daily Bale, in association with Transfer Balls – a look at what experts in the media are saying about the Spurs star:

The Times:

Daniel Levy has refused to have talks with Gareth Bale about a supposed gentleman’s agreement that could allow the Welshman to fulfil his desire to move to Real Madrid…Levy is adamant that Bale, who has three years left on his deal, will not be sold 

The Mirror:

Daniel Levy is giving Gareth Bale the silent treatment over Real Madrid’s world-record bid to sign him. The Spurs chairman is refusing “point-blank” to hold any further talks with Bale on the issue after ruling the Welshman will not be sold this summer regardless of whatever Real may offer…

Levy – set to announce the record-breaking, £26million signing of Roberto Soldado from Valencia this week – is now giving Bale the cold shoulder.

Daily Mail:

Gareth Bale’s fate took a dramatic twist on Sunday night when Spurs chairman Daniel Levy cut short his holiday and flew to London for crunch talks with the £85million-rated winger… 

The chairman was scheduled to fly back to Florida to continue his family holiday, but instead he travelled to London on Sunday to meet Bale after the winger touched down at Heathrow at 5am.

Daily Star:

Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is still hoping their star player can be persuaded to stay however, and is even said to be ready to refuse a record-breaking £85m bid.

The Guardian, Jacob Steinberg:

Daniel Levy, that master negotiator, is at it again. Amazingly amazed that Gareth Bale wants to force through a move to Real Madrid – but how could anyone want to leave Glory Glory Tottenham Hotspur for little old Real Madrid?! – he has hit on a foolproof plan: he’s going to put his fingers in his ears, close his eyes, pretend Bale doesn’t exist and spend meetings he has with the Welshman’s people shouting, “la la la la la la la I can’t hear you but just so you know I’d probably take £100m”. 

The Guardian, David Hytner:

… it’s the money and mark-ups that talk to Levy, rather than the pleas from players about opportunity and career progression.

As Bale said in 2011:

“I’m not afraid to leave the country,” Bale said. “I left home at 15 [to join Southampton’s academy]. If I leave the Premier League, I’ll learn another language … I will grow as a person.”

Spurs never bought him for his loyalty…



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