Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas has admitted for the first time that Gareth Bale is on his way out of the club after the player failed to report for training two days in a row.
Bale has been at the centre of this summer's mega transfer saga and there finally seems to be light at the end of the tunnel, with Villas-Boas' concession that the Welshman will leave.
"He is involved in a big transfer move to Real Madrid and in the end if it happens, we wish him all the best," Villas-Boas told reporters. "It could happen very, very soon."
The winger, who lit up the Premier League last season with a host of scintillating performances, has been the subject of a reported world record bid from the Spanish giants and has failed to turn up at Spurs' training ground for the last two days.
And despite accepting Bale's departure, Villas-Boas feels the club should punish the 24-year-old for his misdemeanours.
"We wish him all the best, but the fact that he hasn't turned up is not the correct behaviour," the Tottenham head coach added. "That is the position they chose to take and it's up to the club to decide if it's a fineable offence."
Despite much speculation over Bale's future this summer, it seems the reigning Premier League Player of the Year is finally about to seal a €100m dream move to Real Madrid and put to bed the most high-profile transfer saga of the summer.
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