Gareth Bale relishes move to Real Madrid

Spurs midfielder Gareth Bale has reportedly told manager Andre Villas-Boas that he wants to move to Real Madrid.

The Welshman was the subject of a world record £85m transfer bid from the Spanish giants over the weekend, a bid which the north Londoners have yet to comment on.

Bale spent around five hours receiving treatment on a minor muscle injury on Wednesday afternoon before declaring his desire to move to Spain.

Villas-Boas said at the weekend that he was hoping Bale would be fit for the friendly meeting with Monaco this Saturday but such is Real’s desire to make the 24-year-old their latest ‘Galactico’, and the 2013 PFA Player of the Year’s wish to leave White Hart Lane, it is doubtful if Bale will remain in England.

In traditional Real transfer tactics, several players have talked up the move with Sergio Ramos, Iker Casillas and assistant manager Zinedine Zidane publicly pleading for it to happen over the last 24 hours.

Spurs chairman Daniel Levy has a reputation as a tough transfer negotiator but a world record fee for a player with only one brilliant season behind him may be too much for even him to turn down.