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Real Madrid make first move for Tottenham’s £50m Bale

February 16th, 2013 Sports

Gareth Bale as good as Cristiano Ronaldo, claims Andre Villas-Boas after Spurs midfielder scores twice against Lyon

Turning heads: Gareth Bale continued his rich run of goal scoring with two strikes against Lyon Photo: EPA

Real Madrid expressed an interest in Bale when they signed Luka Modric from Tottenham
last summer and have now requested that they be given the opportunity to
match any rival bids.

Tottenham manager Andre Villas Boas has said Bale may leave the club if they
fail to qualify for next season’s Champions League, and Bayern Munich have
also been cited as potential bidders.

Perez has to stand for re-election at the end of the current season.

And as well as needing to resolve the managerial uncertainty at the club, he
must bring in a box-office signing to ensure he is given another four-year

However, the beneficial tax and banking conditions that were present when Real
signed Cristiano Ronaldo four years ago have disappeared, so signing Bale,
who is known in Spain as the ‘left-footed Ronaldo’, may prove more difficult.

Real also revealed that former midfielder Zinedine Zidane will take a youth
team coaching job at the club next season.

The aim is that he is groomed to one day become the Real’s manager.