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Villas-Boas bats away Bale questions

10 August 2013 22:31

Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas refused to be drawn on speculation regarding the future of winger Gareth Bale.

Speaking following Tottenham's 1-1 pre-season friendly draw with Espanyol on Saturday, the Portuguese boss reiterated the club's stance that Bale's continued absence is down to an injury.

The Welshman has been linked with a move to La Liga side Real Madrid throughout the transfer window, with some reports suggesting that the Spanish club are willing to offer in excess of £100million to acquire the 24-year-old.

Bale has yet to feature for the Premier League outfit during pre-season and missed the Espanyol clash, fuelling speculation that he is set to leave White Hart Lane.

However, Villas-Boas insisted that he would not comment on "invented" stories by the media.

"The only thing I can say about the stories is I am not going to comment because everybody has speculated a lot," he said.

"There are some different stories, some which are not true, with people inventing without knowledge of what is going on.

"The only thing I can tell you is the player is under the treatment of the medical department for this pain in the foot which is disturbing him.

"He has been called up for his national team (a friendly match with the Republic of Ireland on Wednesday), our medical department is going to be in contact with the Wales medical department to make sure they have everything available in terms of giving information on how the player has been doing in these last weeks.

"Regarding the speculation, I don't want to extend myself further than I have told you."

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