August 31, 2013 / 4:07 PM / 4 years ago

Ancelotti not frustrated by Bale transfer saga

MADRID (Reuters) - Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has said he is not frustrated by the delay in sealing Gareth Bale’s transfer and is focused on preparing for Sunday’s La Liga match at home the Athletic Bilbao.

Real Madrid's coach Carlo Ancelotti gestures during his team's friendly soccer match against Olympique Lyon in Lyon, July 24, 2013. REUTERS/Robert Pratta

Confirmation of Bale’s big-money move to Spain from Tottenham Hotspur has appeared imminent for several days and Spanish sports dailies Marca and As reported it could come later on Saturday, with the Wales international’s presentation at the Bernabeu to follow on Monday.

At a pre-training news conference, Ancelotti said he did not want to talk about the transfer market but was later drawn into responding to a question about whether the Bale saga was as frustrating for him as it has been for the media.

“I am working with my players every day, my mind is not on players who are not here because we have to work,” the Italian said.

”For me absolutely it’s not frustrating,“ he added. ”I am happy to train with these players, if another one comes I will be happy the same.

“Everyone knows Bale, he is a fantastic player. Everyone knows this. I don’t know how long he will be a Tottenham player but today he is a Tottenham player.”

Reporting by Iain Rogers, editing by Alan Baldwin

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