The Spurs manager says the Wales international is keeping quiet about a possible transfer to Real Madrid, while maintaining the stance that his key player is not for sale
The Wales international has been the subject of a failed world record bid from Los Blancos, and negotiations seem to have reached an impasse as Spurs chairman Daniel Levy holds out for the best possible price.
Bale, who has not featured for the club since their first pre-season friendly against Swindon on July 16 due to injury, has revealed privately his desire to leave north London and complete a dream move to the Spanish capital.
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“His mental state nobody knows because the player doesn’t speak,” the Portuguese told reporters.
“The only thing that we are able to see or you [media] are able to see is the player arriving in and out of the training ground.
“We are aware that Real Madrid are interested in the player. It doesn’t mean that we are willing to negotiate on him. Our idea is to count on Gareth.
"We can speak to the players regarding their ambitions and we can explain to them that at certain stages players are under contract and have the responsibility towards their clubs and we as the club, or the chairman as the person who controls the club, has to defend their own interest.”
Villas-Boas this week ruled Bale out of Spurs’ Premier League curtain-raiser with Crystal Palace as the forward continues to struggle with a foot injury and the former Chelsea and Porto boss has warned he may not be ready to feature until September.
“Obviously he is very far off regarding his fitness compared to the others,” the 35-year-old added.
“So it will take some time to bring him back to the level that the others are after six weeks. But the player is a super athlete. For Palace, for Dinamo Tbilisi, for Swansea, he will not be in line to threaten to come back.”