Gareth Bale Pulls Out of Tottenham's Preseason Monaco Trip

Tim DanielsFeatured ColumnistAugust 2, 2013

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 19:   Gareth Bale of Tottenham reacts to a yellow card from referee Andre Marriner for diving during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Sunderland at White Hart Lane on May 19, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
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Gareth Bale won't travel with Tottenham for the club's preseason match against Monaco as transfer talk continues to swirl around the winger. The star doesn't want to risk further injury as the push for a move to Real Madrid continues, reports Simon Johnson of the London Evening Standard.

Gareth Bale will miss Tottenham’s friendly against Monaco tomorrow because he does not want to put his move to Real Madrid at risk by sustaining a serious injury.

Real Madrid want to sign Bale for a new world record transfer fee of £100million and the Welsh international has already told Spurs he wants to leave for the Bernabeu.

The report goes on to state Bale has already been receiving treatment for a muscle strain, which has forced him to missed recent friendlies ahead of the new campaign. Sitting out the trip to Monaco will only further the speculation about his future.

Bale is coming off a breakout season for Spurs. He scored 24 goals and tallied eight assists in 41 appearances across Premier League and Europa League play. His dynamic talent caught the eye of the powerhouse La Liga side, leading to one of several summer transfer sagas.

The 24-year-old Welsh international has always possessed the talent to become one of the top players in Europe. He finally took the next step toward reaching that potential last season. A move to Real to play alongside a star-studded roster would further his development.

That said, he remains a member of Tottenham with the new campaign right around the corner. His unavailability for friendlies is starting to impact the club's preparations and the transfer saga has probably started to become a distraction.

The London Evening Standard report states Bale continued to his express his desire to leave White Hart Lane as recently as earlier this week. So finding a resolution while also preparing the squad for the season is a balancing act for Tottenham.

Right now, it's not going favorably for Spurs. Bale's absence from the trip to Monaco is just the latest example of that.