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Bale bails on Tottenham training
Gareth Bale did not turn up for training at Tottenham on Tuesday morning, as his protracted £86 million transfer to Real Madrid became even more fractious.
Sources have told ESPN that Bale is hugely frustrated with the situation and determined to push the deal through.
Complicating matters is the fact that Spurs chairman Daniel Levy has grown increasingly irritated with Real's conduct over the past few days, as they continue to behave as if the deal is already completed.
A stage to unveil Bale was erected at the Bernabeu at the weekend, while there was also a technical error when Real jerseys with the player's name and the number 11 were visible on the club's website.
Spurs have claimed there is another bid for Bale and, although Manchester United manager David Moyes clarified they had made no offer, he did not deny there had been contact between the clubs.
"Manchester United are always interested in the best players and the board and myself would always be looking to sign who we think are the best players, wherever they are," Moyes said after his side's 0-0 draw with Chelsea.
United have kept abreast of proceedings with Bale all summer, even though it is accepted that any move would depend on the complete - and highly unlikely - collapse of the deal with Real Madrid. Bale has had a long-standing ambition to eventually move to the Bernabeu, with those close to him describing it as a "dream".
As frustrated as Levy has been with Real, however, some Tottenham sources have broached that he is merely buying time to properly replace Bale. Some feel the move would have been sanctioned last week - as many at Real believed was going to be the case - had Chelsea not hijacked the transfer of Willian from Anzhi Makhachkala.