Bale al­ready in Spain ahead of move — re­ports

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - SPORTS - By AGENCE FRANCEPRESSE in Madrid

Gareth Bale has ar­rived in Spain ahead of the com­ple­tion of his move from Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur to Real Madrid, Span­ish sports daily AS re­ported on Satur­day. Bale is said set to be­come the world’s most ex­pen­sive player should the deal go through with Real ready to pay more than the 80 mil­lion pounds ($123.6 mil­lion) it spent to bring Cris­tiano Ron­aldo to the Bern­abeu four years ago.

The news­pa­per claims Bale flew into a pri­vate air­port in Malaga at 1.00 pm lo­cal time be­fore head­ing to Mar­bella, a coastal city 48 kilo­me­ters away.

Sev­eral Span­ish me­dia sources printed pic­tures on Fri­day that showed a stage had been erected in the di­rec­tors box at the Bern­abeu which is nor­mally used for the pre­sen­ta­tion of big-name sign­ings.

And Real was also forced to briefly shut down the club shop on its web­site ear­lier in the week af­ter a link ap­peared of­fer­ing Real shirts with Bale and the No 11 on the back.

Mean­while, Barcelona boss Ger­ardo Martino has la­belled the sum Real Madrid is set to pay for Bale as hav­ing a “lack of re­spect”.

Martino, whose own club spent 57 mil­lion eu­ros to sign Brazil­ian Ney­mar in May, lauded the Welsh­man’s abil­ity but seemed sur­prised Los Blan­cos are set to break the world trans­fer record for a fourth time dur­ing Florentino Perez’s two spells as pres­i­dent.

“Bale is a very good player and how they fit him into their team is up to them,” said the Ar­gen­tine on Satur­day.

“But it seems to me that the num­bers in­volved are a lack of re­spect to the world in gen­eral.”

Due to in­juries Bale hasn’t played for Spurs since a friendly against Swin­don Town on July 16 and Spurs boss An­dre Vil­las- Boas con­firmed he didn’t ex­pect Bale to at­tend his side’s Pre­mier League match against Swansea City at White Hart Lane on Sun­day.

“We have no rules or obli­ga­tion for play­ers not se­lected to be on the bench or in the sta­dium, so I don’t ex­pect Gareth to be seen at the club,” Vil­lasBoas said.

Spurs have al­ready spent al­most 60 mil­lion pounds on four play­ers dur­ing the trans­fer win­dow in an­tic­i­pa­tion of Bale’s de­par­ture.

How­ever, their at­tempts to land Brazil­ian Wil­lian from Anzhi Makhachkala ap­pear to have stalled with the 25-yearold now ex­pected to join Chelsea.

REBECCA NADEN / REUTERS

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