Gareth Bale fails to show up for Spurs training as saga takes new twist

Gareth Bale didn't make an appearance at Spurs training. Photo: PA

Real Madrid target Gareth Bale did not report to Tottenham's training ground on Tuesday morning, Press Association Sport understands.

Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas said on Sunday that he expected Bale to be back in London on Tuesday after giving the forward the weekend off.

Unlike the rest of his team-mates, the Welshman did not turn up for training at the club's training ground in Enfield on Tuesday morning, however.

Sources in Bale's camp played down suggestions that the player has become "furious and frustrated" with Tottenham's handling of his proposed world-record transfer to Real Madrid.

Yet it is clear that all three parties involved did not expect the saga to drag on for this long.

Real first indicated their interest in Bale two months ago, but, with less than a week left of the transfer window, the 24-year-old remains a Spurs player.