Gareth Bale is reportedly trying hard to force through his transfer to real Madrid by giving Tottenham the silent treatment.

Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas has revealed that Bale is not even discussing his future with his Tottenham team-mates as the club are increasingly resigned to selling him.

Villas-Boas said: "His mental state nobody knows because the player doesn't speak. The only thing that we are able to see is the player arriving in and out of the training ground. It's fine."

AVB has already ruled Bale out of contention for the north Londoners' opening three games of the new season with Real desperate to pull off a huge deal for the 24-year-old Welsh star.

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is determined to take a strong stand – but it seems clear Bale is doing everything he can to push the transfer through.

"Obviously he is very far off regarding his fitness compared to the others. So it will take some time to bring him back to the level that the others are after six weeks. But the player is a super athlete" added Villas-Boas.

"We've been very very clear with everybody regarding the player and our willingness to hold onto him. But obviously in football anything can happen in the end.

"However this is a player we cherish a lot and who has helped us progress. Ideally we want to continue with him.