Ex-Real Madrid President reveals club turned down offer for Bale from PL club last summer

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Former Real Madrid president, Ramon Calderon has revealed that the Spanish giants turned down a substantial bid from an unnamed Premier League club last summer on the final day of the transfer window.

The Welshman was linked with a return to Tottenham last summer (The Express) after Bale’s proposed move to the Chinese Super League fell through, but he ended up staying put at the Santiago Bernabeau.

The 31-year-old has now seemingly fallen out of favour with Zinedine Zidane and a return to Spurs as once again been mooted as a possibility in the press this summer (El Espanyol).

Bale recently revealed in an interview with Sky Sports that he was keen to leave the Spanish capital last summer but that Madrid were making it hard for him to do so.

He even admitted that there was ‘a project’ last year that he was excited about but that the transfer was blocked by the La Liga champions.

Calderon has now divulged that Madrid received a €100 million (£89m) offer for the Welshman last summer but turned it down since they expected him to play a key part in the side.

He told talkSPORT (as relayed by The Daily Mirror): “I know in the last day of the transfer window last year there was an offer from the Premier League.

“They offered €100m and Real Madrid turned down that offer because they thought Bale would be a player in their side.

“I’m not allowed to say the name, though I do know the name of the club. I think at the end there was a disagreement as Madrid decided not to sell the player, because they thought he was a player who could be used and be in the starting line-up.”

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While some fans might think there is no way that £89m bid would have come from us, I believe it might well have. Calderon reveals that the offer arrived in the final day of the transfer window and the figure reported is not too much higher than the fee we reportedly agreed with Juventus for Dybala. It is possible that Levy went in for Bale late in the window when he saw that the Dybala deal was not going to be completed.

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