Tottenham fear Real Madrid’s interest in Gareth Bale has left the Wales international unsettled at White Hart Lane, according to the Mirror.

Spurs have refused to confirm whether Real have finally made a huge, straight-cash bid for the midfielder, and continue to maintain the 24-year-old is not for sale.

But the Londoners are concerned that the double PFA Player of the Year has been unsettled by Real’s interest, and that could spark a huge bidding war between Madrid and Manchester United, who are keen on the £85 million-rated winger.

Last season Andre Villas-Boas confirmed he had been informed by Spurs’s board that Bale would not be sold this summer, and that is a stance the ex-Chelsea manager has stood by ever since.

Speaking after Tottenham’s shock Asia trophy defeat to Sunderland yesterday, he groaned:

“I don’t want to be repeating myself [on this situation].”

“I can’t make any more comments because I made them at the press conference before this game.”

However, anxiety at White Hart Lane over the Bale situation continues to persist, and Spurs want the former Southampton star to sign a new deal to help strengthen their hand next year, at which point they are expected to sell.

Bale has come close to signing a new contract in North London, but that deal still remains unsigned.

Yesterday, Real’s mouthpiece, the Spanish daily Marca, were quick to point to conspiracy theories after Bale sat out his side’s 3-1 defeat to Sunderland in the Asia Cup, and described his absence as “mysterious”.

Rather appropriately, the player had a buttock injury.

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This article was first posted on July 25, 2013