Carlo Ancelotti hits back at Gerardo Martino over Gareth Bale price

Updated: 25 August 2013 19:03 IST

Bale is expected to complete his move to the Spanish giants in the coming days in a switch that could exceed the

Carlo Ancelotti hits back at Gerardo Martino over Gareth Bale price
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Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has hit back at his Barcelona counterpart Gerardo Martino for saying that Madrid's bid for Gareth Bale was "a lack of respect" given the current economic climate.

Bale is expected to complete his move to the Spanish giants in the coming days in a switch that could exceed the £80 million ($123.6 million, 93.2 million euros) fee they paid for Cristiano Ronaldo four years ago.

And Ancelotti put the Argentine's comments down to the fact that he has only just begun to manage in Europe.

"They seemed like strange words to me," he said in a press conference on Sunday.

"Martino hasn't been here for very long and it seems to me that he still doesn't understand how European football works, or even his own club who have bought important players for significant money."

The Italian was, however, extremely tight-lipped on Bale's impending arrival.

"I don't want to speak about this for two reasons. Firstly, Gareth Bale is not a Real Madrid player at this moment and I have to have respect for my players that are here and preparing for this game tomorrow."

Granada are Los Blancos opponents on Monday night as Madrid look to improve on a disjointed performance in their 2-1 win over Real Betis last weekend.

And Ancelotti also refused to confirm whether captain Iker Casillas would return in goal in place of Diego Lopez.

"I am not going to say who will start, I prefer to speak with the players first and then take a decision."

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