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Transfer talk: Gareth Bale reports for Tottenham Hotspur training

Wales international recovers from foot injury and rejoins training despite speculation from Spanish media he might skip to force move to Real Madrid.

Gareth Bale has recovered from a foot injury that kept him out of Tottenham's 5-2 defeat to Monaco.
Gareth Bale has recovered from a foot injury that kept him out of Tottenham's 5-2 defeat to Monaco.

LONDON // Gareth Bale, the Tottenham Hotspur winger, reported for training on Tuesday, amid continued speculation about his future at the club.

The 24-year-old Wales international is the subject of interest from Real Madrid and there were reports in the Spanish media that he would skip training in a bid to force through a move to the Bernabeu.

However, he was driven into Spurs' training complex in Enfield, north London at around 1pm (UAE time) on Tuesday.

Bale missed Spurs' 5-2 friendly loss to Monaco at the weekend due to a foot problem and has not played for the club since a 1-1 draw against Swindon Town on July 16.

He was unable to take part in the pre-season tour of Hong Kong because of a buttock injury.

Carlo Ancelotti, the Madrid manager, said last week that his club were in talks with Tottenham over Bale's transfer, but Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas says the former Southampton player is not for sale.

Bale scored 26 goals for Spurs last season and was voted the Professional Football Association (PFA) Player of the Year, the PFA Young Player of the Year and the Football Writers' Association (FWA) Footballer of the Year.

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