Bale representatives deny Madrid contract talks

Mark Holmes
Gareth Bale: Has not begun Real Madrid contract talks

Gareth Bale: Has not begun Real Madrid contract talks

Gareth Bale’s representatives have dismissed claims from Spain that the Wales forward has begun talks over a new Real Madrid contract.

It was reported by Spanish newspaper Marca on Thursday that Bale was in talks over a two-year extension to his deal at the Bernabeu, but the 26-year-old’s camp have described the claim as “rubbish”, according to the Daily Mirror.

Bale has been persistently linked with Manchester United over the past 18 months, but a summer transfer now appears unlikely after Real were hit with a transfer ban by FIFA.

Meanwhile, leaked documents posted online by Football Leaks show that Real paid €99,743.542 for Bale in 2013, working out at £85,131,147 for Tottenham according to the exchange rate at the time.

The first installment of €24,935,895 was paid within 10 working days of the agreed sale, with the second (also €24,935,895) due by July 24 2014.

The third (again €24,935,895 ) was due a year after that and the final installment of £21,282,787 is set to be paid on July 24, 2016.

A clause inserted in the deal also entitled Spurs to £10million should Bale have been sold to a Premier League club before September 1, 2015.