Daniel Levy will break Tottenham Hotspur’s famous pay ceiling to keep their poster-boy forward Gareth Bale from the clutches of Real Madrid.
The Spurs chairman will justify their new contract offer, in excess of £150,000 a week, by saying that it is based on Bale’s huge commercial value to the club. Bale, 24, appears on virtually every promotional item at Spurs and Levy recognises that he is now the face of the club.
Levy is refusing to sell Bale this summer, but he does recognise the allure of the Bernabeu and the offer of a £200,000-a-week salary with the Spanish giants.Incredibly, Bale is unfazed by the prospect of Real Madrid’s £80million bid for him. Instead, the Spurs flyer, who missed Wednesday’s defeat against Sunderland in the Asia Cup with injury, is happy to stay at White Hart Lane.
Spurs are prepared to start talks based on his status and increasing profile within the game. Talks on his contract had been scheduled to start this summer, but there is an urgency to bring Bale to the table before the start of the season. – DailyMail