Tottenham boss gives Bale update and admits ace is unlikely to face Palace

21:30 10 August 2013

Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham Hotspur's Gareth Bale. Photo: John Walton/EMPICS

EMPICS Sport

Transfer News: Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas today refused to be drawn any further on the future of Real Madrid target Gareth Bale - but stressed the midfielder would link up with Wales next week.

Bale was a notable absentee as Tottenham rounded off their pre-season campaign with a 1-1 draw against Espanyol at White Hart Lane this afternoon, where summer signing Roberto Soldado marked his home debut with a goal from the penalty spot in the first half.

It was a sound performance from Spurs, who look well-equipped to challenge for the top four of the Barclays Premier League once again.

But the debate surrounding whether or not talismanic midfielder Bale will remain past the September 2 transfer deadline will continue to make the headlines as the Spanish giants are said to be ready to spend the best part of £100million to land him.

Villas-Boas said: “The only thing I can say about the stories is I am not going to comment because everybody has speculated a lot. There are some different stories, some which are not true, with people inventing without knowledge of what is going on.

“The only thing I can tell you is the player is under the treatment of the medical department for this pain in the foot which is disturbing him.

“He has been called up for his national team [for a friendly match against the Republic of Ireland], our medical department is going to be in contact with the Wales medical department to make sure they have everything available in terms of giving information on how the player has been doing in these last weeks.

“Regarding the speculation, I don’t want to extend myself further than I have told you.”

Bale, who was not at White Hart Lane this afternoon, is set to report for international duty with Wales tomorrow ahead of Wednesday’s friendly against Ireland.

Villas-Boas said: “The only thing we can do is make information available to the Welsh FA. If he gets to a fixture available to play it is because he hasn’t felt pain. He is training on his own so there is a possibility he makes a recovery.”

The Spurs manager, though, accepted it was unlikely Bale would be in contention to face Crystal Palace in their Premier League opener next weekend.

He added: “If we manage to recover the player, but obviously he is far far off fitness regarding what the others have done. It is three weeks since he played for Tottenham so I wouldn’t expect him to play for us.”

Villas-Boas insisted the frenzied speculation surrounding Bale’s future had not been allowed to impact the squad’s pre-season build-up.

“It has not affected us in any shape or form. We have continued our preparation,” said Villas-Boas, who expects to complete the signing of Toulouse midfielder Etienne Capoue in an £8m deal early next week.

“What we have to recognise is five weeks gone by since (we started) buying and selling, but we haven’t been able to train with all the team together because Paulinho and Soldado only arrived last week.”

Related articles

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
1
2 3 4 5 6
7

Latest football news

Friday, May 6, 2016
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain made a welcome return at London Colney.  (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

England midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will miss the European Championships after Arsene Wenger revealed he has suffered a fresh knee injury which will keep him sidelined for up to two months.

Friday, May 6, 2016
Aerial view of Wembley Stadium (Photo by Tom Shaw/Getty Images)

Football Association chairman Greg Dyke says Chelsea could play home games at Wembley in the near future for as long as three seasons.

Friday, May 6, 2016
West Ham United goalkeeper Adrian celebrates after Cheikhou Kouyate put his side in front at The Hawthorns (pic: Nick Potts/PA)

Slaven Bilic has ruled goalkeeper Adrian out of the clash with Swansea at Upton Park but the Spaniard should return to face Manchester United.

Friday, May 6, 2016
Nemanja Matic of Chelsea and James McCarthy of Everton compete for the ball (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

We round up all the talking points from Friday morning’s papers ahead of a busy weekend of football around London.

Friday, May 6, 2016
Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech (Steve Paston/PA Wire)

Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech is in the running to win this season’s Premier League Golden Glove award, ahead of North London rival Hugo Lloris.

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...

Competitions

Kindle 7 inch tablet

Are you looking for a brand new gadget to help you stay connected on the go and make that long journey home a bit more entertaining? Look no further. MyOffers is giving you the chance to win 1 of 50 Kindle Fire 7” Display Tablets! That’s 50 times more chances to win, so hurry up and enter our competition today and you could be one of our lucky winners!

Read more
Yummy traditional afternoon teas for two

MyOffers is giving you the chance to win 1 of 50 Traditional Afternoon Teas for two at a location of your choice! That’s 50 times more chances to win, so hurry up and enter our competition today and you could be one of our lucky winners!

Read more

Latest Tech News

Transport