Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas has revealed that Gareth Bale has been refusing to talk to him at training, as he is trying to force through a possible transfer to Real Madrid.

Signing the Welshman has been this summer’s number one priority for Real Madrid, but they have seen their £85m bid for Bale rejected.

Spurs have continuously insisted that Bale, 26, is not for sale, but according to Spurs boss Villas-Boas this has resulted in Bale giving him the silent treatment.

"The player is our player – our idea is to count on Gareth," Villas-Boas told reporters. "We are aware Real Madrid are interested in the player. It doesn’t mean that we are willing to negotiate.

"His mental state? Nobody knows because he is refusing to speak. The only thing that we are able to see is the player arriving in and out of the training ground."

These comments are the first evidence of the breakdown in the relationship between the winger and the manager, as Bale appears to be desperate to be allowed to move to the Bernabeu.

Reports in Spain have claimed that Bale has expressed to his friends and family his desire to join Carlo Ancelotti’s club, and Madrid are preparing a new bid, which is thought to be about £90m, to be paid in two instalments, and wing-back Fabio Coentrao could also be added to the deal.

Bale is going to miss Spurs’ Premier League opening game against Crystal Palace on Sunday, as he is ruled out for two weeks with a foot injury.

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