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Gordon Taylor: 'Nobody can deny Gareth Bale his Madrid move'

PFA chairman Gordon Taylor says that no-one can begrudge Gareth Bale his world record-breaking move to Real Madrid.

PFA chairman Gordon Taylor feels that Gareth Bale should not be condemned for his desire to join Real Madrid.

The Welshman is on the brink of a world record £86m move to Los Blancos and failed to attend training on Tuesday in an apparent attempt to force through the move.

However, Taylor has defended Bale and said that Spurs should let the 24-year-old leave with their best wishes.

"Players have, invariably, just the one career, it's, usually, a relatively short career, and here a player has such a tempting offer to play for one of the world's greatest-ever clubs," Taylor told

"Surely nobody could deny him that right, to play for such a club, with all due respects to his present club. The game is all about money. Of course, it always was, but much less of it in the past.

"Now we are talking about incredible numbers, but for the player it is also an opportunity to play at the pinnacle of the game."

Meanwhile, Spurs are close to wrapping up a £25m deal for Roma winger Erik Lamela as they prepare for life without Bale.

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