AVB: Gareth Bale doesn't speak
Andre Villas-Boas has revealed that Gareth Bale has been blanking Spurs as he tries to force through a move to Real Madrid.
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Villas-Boas said Bale would miss the first three weeks of the season because of injury but, when pressed, admitted he was unaware of how the player was feeling as he was not speaking to anyone.
"Nobody knows Gareth's state of mind because he doesn't speak," he said. "The only thing we see is the player arriving in and out of the training ground. But it's fine. Ideally we'd like him to stay here. This is where his future is.
"He is very far off regarding fitness compared to the others. He hasn't played since our first friendly of the summer so the pre-season has gone by without him being involved, so for Crystal Palace on Sunday, Tbilisi on Thursday and for Swansea next weekend, he won't threaten a comeback.
"We will have to see how he returns from Wales and if the pain in his foot has stopped troubling his progress to return to first-team training."
Villas-Boas said Spurs were still to be persuaded that the player should be allowed to move to the Bernabeu.
"We've been very, very clear with everybody regarding the player and our willingness to hold onto him, but obviously in football anything can happen in the end," he said. "However, this is a player we cherish a lot and who has helped us progress. Ideally we want to continue with him. We are aware that Real Madrid are interested, but it doesn't mean that we are willing to negotiate about him. "
Villas-Boas also confirmed his transfer spending is not finished this summer, even with the Bale situation still to be resolved.
Spurs have already spent around £60 million this summer to sign Spain striker Roberto Soldado, Brazil midfielder Paulinho, France midfielder Etienne Capoue and Belgium winger Nacer Chadli, but Villas-Boas is eager to add more fresh faces.
They have also allowed several players -- including England internationals Steven Caulker and Tom Huddlestone -- to depart White Hart Lane.
"We have been very active in the transfer window, not just players coming in, but players going out, and the ultimate objective is to make the team stronger than the year before," he said.
"We have made some major additions, with good all round ability and proven quality and this was our ambition when we started to look at players this summer. We want to be in the top four, so we have not finished our transfer business yet.
"Our new sporting director, Franco Baldini, has been very active in the recruitment of these players and we have signed some quality footballers, with good mentality. We will continue to be active until the end of this transfer window. Hopefully there are more players still to come for us."