Last week news had emerged that European champions Barcelona were keen on bringing Tottenaham and Wales starlet Gareth Bale to the Nou Camp after their chief scout Albert Valentine watched the Welsh wizard in action at Craven Cottage.
However Barcelona president Sandro Rosell has alerted Tottenham that they will not be drawn into a bidding war over the 22-year-old. Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola had identified the Tottenham midfielder as a potential left back, but Rosell is adamant that Bale is not worth £34 million.
In a TV interview, Rosell refused to comment on speculation linking his side with Bale, as a means of not pushing the price up even higher. He stressed: “Is Bale of interest to us? I won’t say and even if it was true I wouldn’t talk about it because that would automatically increase the price.”
He added: “Spurs wouldn’t demand 40m Euros but 50m.It is up to our technical staff to decide on the player. But we would never pay €40m for him.”
Rosell must have taken into account the whole Modric saga that took place in the summer. Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy received many plaudits after he stood firm and resisted the pressure by not selling one of his most prized assets. I must admit it is agonising to constantly hear Bale being talked about publically especially when he is linked with a club of Barcelona’s stature, but with Levy’s new stance on these affairs Tottenham fans can feel a tad safer.