La Liga giants Real Madrid have ended their pursuit of Tottenham winger Gareth Bale - at least for this season - according to reports in Spain.
The Spanish outfit are seriously interested in bringing the Welshman to the Bernabeu from White Hart Lane but, despite ongoing reports about Madrid plotting a move for the Spurs-man, not one single offer has been made formally.
Bale's agent spoke out earlier this week, admitting that Madrid haven't approached Tottenham or himself formally - and it now looks like Madrid are ready to give up the chase.
Over the last month or so, Madrid have sent their newly-appointed assistant manager Zinedine Zidane on a mission to try and secure the signing of Bale but, despite advising him to leave and telling him to hand in an official transfer request, nothing has changed in the Tottenham camp.
If Zidane wasn't enough, Madrid's president Florentino Perez has also been dropping hints about signing Bale and trying to persuade him to join the Spanish side.
Perez labelled Bale as the 'Eleventh Galatico' and even admitted that the number 11 shirt has been put aside for the Welshman.
Despite the ongoing interest, reports from Spanish newspaper Marca have hinted that the La Liga side are ready to drop their interest after it became clear that Spurs do not want to sell - no matter what the offer.
Marca’s website said: "Real Madrid have decided to put the Gareth Bale signing on hold. After receiving yet another “no” from Tottenham Hotspur, Florentino Perez and his team have decided to call it a day and now see the signing of Bale this summer as impossible.
"Daniel Levy, the English club’s president, is not open to negotiation, and faced with such inflexibility, reaching any sort of agreement is not viable."
It has been reported that Perez and Madrid were prepared to bid up to £85m for Bale, which is £5m more than what they paid for Cristiano Ronaldo in 2009.
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