Interrogations on the Intereconomia television channel on whether Real’s injured star is insured for 91 million euros ($123 million, 78 million pounds) in the event that he is forced to end his career, club president Florentino
Perez replied: “Yes, sure”.“It’s a life insurance, against accidents. Bale is insured for the amount he cost,” he added, making it clear that the insurance policy covers death and permanent invalidity.
Neither Real Madrid nor Tottenham, Bale’s former English Premier League club, had previously revealed the price tag, which the British press had forecasted at up to 101 million euros. The figure means that Real Madrid’s Portuguese striker Cristiano Ronaldo remains the most expensive player in the world, costing 94 million euros (80 million pounds) when he moved from Manchester United in 2009.
Perez also disallowed a report in the Marca sports daily that Bale, who has only started one match since his August transfer , had suffered a herniated disc due to a series of niggling injuries.
“They said it was a hernia, but it isn’t. If he had one we would say so like usual,” he said.“(Bale) hopes to be able to play on Saturday. His problem, as the whole world knows, is the lack of pre-season training, he suffered a thigh injury.“But now he’s perfectly fine. I think he’s training normally, hoping to play Saturday,” added Perez