Spurs to review Madrid partnership
After having lost their most influential player from last season, Spurs are reportedly reviewing their partnership agreement with Real Madrid, according to Goal.com.
Tottenham Hotspur are believed by the website to be furious with the behaviour of Real Madrid this summer, and are considering terminating the partnership agreement with the Spanish giants after the world record deal which saw Gareth Bale join up with Ancelotti’s men.
The partnership between the two clubs was formed following the transfer of Croatia’s Luka Modric to Madrid last year where it was declared that it would see the clubs “working together in respect of players, coaching, best practices and commercial relationships”.
However, the relationship between the two clubs has seemingly become more and more strained as the Copa del Rey champions persistently pursued Bale all summer despite Spurs stating he wasn’t for sale, and then selling Mesut Ozil to their fiercest rivals, Arsenal.
This ostensibly one-sided relationship has infuriated the Spurs faithful, who launched an online petition this week demanding an end to the partnership, stating, as reported by the website: “Since we have agreed to form the partnership, Real Madrid CF have treated us and our players without respect including ‘tapping’ up Luka Modric and Gareth Bale.
“The transfer of Mezut Ozil to our top rivals in order to recoup money spent on Gareth Bale is the ultimate duplicitous action and we deserve a fair and mutual exchange between clubs rather than being treated as a feeder club.”
Another infuriated Spurs man who expressed his anger towards the Spanish giants was chairman Daniel Levy, who made no secret of his anger with the Spanish club in a statement following confirmation of Bale’s move.
“Gareth was a player we had absolutely no intention of selling,” said Levy, as reported by the website. “Such has been the attention from Real Madrid and so great is Gareth’s desire to join them, that we have taken the view that the player will not be sufficiently committed to our campaign in the current season.”
The partnership, which was agreed last year, is thought to have included agreements on commercial tie-ups, pre-season friendlies, options on loaning players and sharing of coaching knowledge and expertise.
“Spurs have been bullied by Real Madrid and they won’t stand for it anymore,” a source told Goal.com.
“They will look at the partnership and see if it’s worth it because Real have shown no respect for them.”
The north London club are currently reviewing the situation regarding the relationship with the Bernabeu club which could see them cut all ties with the Spanish giants, the website claims.