Real Madrid want to restart talks with Tottenham over buying Gareth Bale with new boss Carlo ­Ancelotti keen to avoid a repeat of Luka Modric's 'lost season' at the Bernabeu.

Bale is out of Wales’ friendly against the Republic of Ireland on Wednesday through injury as he continues to pine for a move to Real - although Manchester United also interested.

It is now almost a month since the 24-year-old last took part in any of the White Hart Lane club’s preparations for the new season and there have been suggestions he is unwilling to risk injury and scupper a potential transfer.

Speaking before Bale's withdrawal from the Welsh squad Stoke's Irish midfielder Glenn Whelan predicted: “I am not too sure he will play. He has got a big-money move lined up.

“No one knows if it is on or off but if I was Gareth I would maybe be a little wary of playing before any deal is made.

“But it’s up to himself and his manager. I dare say he would like to get a deal done and then play for his country but if it isn’t done I don’t think we’ll see him.”

Spurs eventually sold Modric to Real for £33million just four days before last summer's transfer deadline.

The Croatian playmaker had not taken part in Tottenham's pre-season as he agitated for the move and he subsequently struggled to adapt to life at the Bernabeu.

Indeed Modric went on to be voted the worst La Liga signing of the season by readers of Spanish newspaper Marca and the player himself eventually admitted he had failed to settle at Real.

Real want to restart talks with Spurs about a world-record deal for Bale but have so far been unable to meet north Londoners’ demand to either pay £105m in cash or include Spain Under-21 striker Alvaro Morata in part exchange.