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Perez Interview: Bale Price 'Seems a Lot to Me'

  • ESPN FC, Friday, August 9, 2013 2:24 PM

Following talks with Tottenham Chairman Daniel Levy in Florida, Real Madrid President Florentino Perez said he thinks $133.6 million is too much for Spurs winger Gareth Bale. In an interview with ESPN, Perez admitted that talks about bringing the Premier League’s PFA Player of the Year last season to the Bernabeu are ongoing, but he questioned the fee the North London club is asking for.

"We are talking with a lot of people and we will see what comes of our negotiations, I am talking about that player [Bale] and others," Perez said. "I do not want to talk about players out of respect to the player himself [Bale], the club and the chairman [Levy] who is a friend of mine and with whom I struck up a good friendship last summer because of the transfer of Luka Modric.

He added: "If we're not talking about names, we're not talking about money either, but 100 million (euros) seems a lot to me," he said, smiling. "But I am not talking seriously because there is no need and, as I said, out of respect for the club."

Separately, the Real president reiterated his belief that Cristiano Ronaldo will sign a long-anticipated contract extension with Real. When asked if the Portugal captain was very close to signing, Perez said, “No. We are all convinced he will finish his sporting career at Real Madrid. I think by the end of summer we will try to resolve this matter."

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