Real Madrid's pursuit of Tottenham star Gareth Bale has been greatly publicised over recent weeks, with Carlo Ancelotti confirming that talks are ongoing between the two clubs over a potential transfer.
A world record bid of £85 million, surpassing the fee required to lure Cristiano Ronaldo from Old Trafford to the Santiago Bernabeu back in 2009, was launched by the Madrid camp in order to gain the services of one of Europe's most prized assets in the form of the Welshman.
Despite this outrageous offer, Tottenham manager Andre-Villas Boas' stance on the situation has apparently not changed and he remains desperate to keep the man who won the PFA Player and PFA Young Player of the Year Awards last season. When faced with continuous questions regarding Bale's future, the Spurs boss responded by saying: "These rumours of an imminent transfer are not true. The only thing we have communicated with Real Madrid is that he is our player and is not for sale".
The Portuguese manager went on to add: "Gareth is a guy I really like. We are talking with Real Madrid because there is respect between the two clubs following the transfer last season of Luka Modric. We are building a great team for next season. We envisage the future with Gareth. But we know that in football anything is possible."
However, with Bale looking for a move to the Bernabeu, it seems that the Welshman will eventually get his way.
Madrid's apparent desperation to add Gareth Bale to their ranks has also refuelled speculation that Cristiano Ronaldo could be making a return to his former club, Manchester United.
In a recent press conference, the Madrid man dismissed reports claiming he had signed a new contract with the Spanish giants: "I'm not going to confirm anything. I'm just going to do my job like I always do"
When asked if his future would remain at Madrid under new manager Carlo Ancelotti, Ronaldo stated: "My future? I don't know. At this moment I'm a player of Madrid, the future, I really don't know."
The former United player doesn't seem to be agreeing a deal with his employers anytime soon and with only two years remaining on his current contract, Ancelotti may look to cash in on Ronaldo before he gets the opportunity to leave for free.
However a move for Ronaldo may hinge on the result of negotiations between Madrid and Tottenham over Gareth Bale.
A conclusion may be that either both transfers will take place or neither as Madrid are adamant on keeping their number seven if they are unable to acquire the talents of Bale from White Hart Lane.
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