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Tottenham Hotspur Supporters Trust demand talks with chairman Daniel Levy over special relationship with Real Madrid after Gareth Bale transfer
The Tottenham Hotspur Supporters Trust are demanding talks with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy over the club's strategic partnership with Real Madrid.
In the wake of Gareth Bale's world-record sale to the Spanish club, the second time in two seasons Tottenham have lost their most influential player to the Bernabeu, the Trust will lobby the club to explain what it is they are gaining from the agreement.
Levy insisted on a strategic partnership being set up between the two clubs as part Luka Modric's £30million transfer to Real Madrid in August 2012.
The agreement said the clubs would "work together in respect of players, coaching, best practices and commercial relationships", yet Tottenham have not acquired a single player from Real since the agreement was formed and supporters were further incensed on Monday when Real allowed Germany international midfielder Mesut Ozil to join arch-rivals Arsenal.
A separate group of supporters have set up an online petition in support of the Trust and Darren Alexander, joint chairman of the THST board, says the THST will facilitate that petition being submitted to Tottenham officials.
“There are questions that have to be answered," Alexander said.
“A club they say we have a strategic partnership with has just spent the past four months tapping up our player in the most public way imaginable, and it has left a sour taste in the mouth of supporters.
“Fans are asking whether this partnership is just something that has been added to the bottom of a transfer deal to make it look better for the selling club.
“That is a question I am asking myself and it's certainly a question the Trust is asking.
“We will be contacting the club in search of answers and once this petition is closed we will also be submitting that in support of our request.”
The THST was set up in 2001 and Alexander was part of a new board that took over in February this year that aims to provide better communication between supporters and the club.
Alexander describes dialogue as “positive” so far but says supporters are still clueless as to what the club has gained from its partnership with Real Madrid.
“Our relationship has been good with the club and we want that to continue,” he explained.
“They have been keen to come to us with their own questions and thoughts as well as allow us to do the same and we believe this is an important issue that needs to be addressed.
“The club might tell us we have benefited from some brilliant coaching and commercial aspects in this partnership with Madrid and they would be substantial things to take notice of.
“But it doesn't look like we have gained anything at all.”
Alexander added: “We were all sorry to see Gareth Bale go, he's a world class talent and we hope the money will be reinvested well.
“But they did tell us he wouldn't be leaving, so how do they corroborate that with the course of action they have just taken?
“All Spurs fans are asking this question and as a supporters trust we act on behalf of them and work to benefit their relationship with the club.”