Real Madrid will pay a world record £85million to land Gareth Bale this summer.

And friends of the Welshman now believe his future lies at the Bernabeu.

Sources in Spain claim that Real had an ­astonishing £81m bid for Bale rejected.

But Real are refusing to give up in their ­pursuit of Bale and think £85m could be enough.

It would beat the £80m record fee Real paid for Cristiano Ronaldo.

Spurs are set to hand Bale a new £170000-a-week contract and have repeatedly claimed he will not be sold.