The Real Madrid vice-president, Fernando Fernández-Tapias, has said that he expected Gareth Bale to have joined the club by now and has accused Tottenham of dragging their feet over the deal. He also warned the Spurs chairman, Daniel Levy, that Madrid have a great team even "without Bale".
Asked if he thought that Bale will sign for Madrid, Fernández-Tapias said: "I think so, yes, but I could not swear to it entirely. We are going to wait and see what happens. Sometimes it is yes, sometimes it is no: they keep putting it off.
"[Bale] is not here, because there are problems there. We thought Bale was going to be with us by now but for the time being he is still not in Madrid. I don't doubt the value of the player but Real Madrid without Bale is still a strong Madrid. We have a great team."