Real Madrid vice-president Fernando Fernandez Tapia has expressed his unhappiness at Tottenham's decision to delay the sale of Gareth Bale until midfielder Christian Eriksen and forward Erik Lamela have been signed to replace him, according to the London Evening Standard.
Despite Bale's move appearing to be all but sealed on Wednesday, the deal still has not gone through, as Andre Villas-Boas looks to ensure that his team will be able to fill the gap that Bale's move will leave.
And with only days remaining in the transfer window, tension between the two clubs is heightening. Speaking to Spanish news agency Efe, Tapia accused the North London club of stalling, saying: "We're going to wait because they (Spurs) are dragging their feet."
This incident is the latest in a series of clashes between the two clubs over the Bale's transfer. Tottenham have been unhappy with the way Madrid have handled the situation, specifically their decision to erect a stage to present Bale to the fans before he had officially been signed.
On the other side, the Real hierarchy has not been happy with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy's hard style of negotiation.
However, despite these setbacks, Tapia remains bullish over Real's chances of finally capturing Bale. Speaking after a friendly game, he said: "There are problems but in the end I think it will happen. I thought he was going to be here, but so far he's not in Madrid, although he possibly will be."
With Roma claiming a fee has been agreed for Lamela, and Eriksen arriving in London today for a medical, it does look increasingly likely that the situation will be resolved and Bale's move to Madrid will be completed.
However with the transfer window's clock winding down, Madrid will be eager to wrap up the deal and bring Bale into their team as quickly as possible.
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