Real Madrid have given up hope of signing Tottenham Hotspur winger Gareth Bale this year, according to reports.
Los Blancos have been linked with the Wales star all summer long but are believed to be ready to put the potential transfer on hold for 12 months due to Spurs chairman Daniel Levy’s refusal to bow to pressure to sell him.
A number of Real players have used the Madrid press to urge Bale to sign for the club, while Zinedine Zidane said in May that the club would be prepared to pay whatever it takes to land the player’s signature.
But Madrid-based daily Marca said Real have been frustrated in their attempts to deal with Levy, who has steadfastly refused to negotiate with the Santiago Bernabeu side.
Unlike Luka Modric, who pushed for a move to Madrid, Bale is believed to be happy to stay for another season and maintain his good relationship with the Spurs faithful. The PFA Footballer of the Year is keen to play Champions League football and to test himself in another league, but feels that at the age of just 23, he still has time on his side.