Tottenham Hotspur will have to move mountains to keep Gareth Bale
Gareth Bale’s future appears to be tied with Real Madrid. The Welsh midfield star has been closely linked with a move to Real Madrid this summer, although Tottenham Hotspur are proving to be a tough lot to convince to let go Bale.
Tottenham director Sir Keith Mills believes it will be “very difficult” to convince an unsettled star to stay at the club for another year, especially if the player is receiving callings from clubs such as Real Madrid.
Real Madrid are reportedly ready to break the transfer fee record by offering Tottenham Hotspur €100 million for Bale. The bid has caused silence over White Hart Lane. It appears as if the Spurs board is currently reviewing the bid.
Bale inked a four-year contract with Tottenham Hotspur last year, but Mills understands that his side will be helpless if their 24-year-old admits he has no further desire to play with them.
“We very much want Bale to stay,” Mills told the Evening Standard. “If a player is desperate to leave, it's very difficult to force him to stay. We've seen it in other clubs. Even if he has a contract, you can't force somebody to play for you.
“This summer, we are investing in a great squad and we hope that provides us with Champions League football next year and we start to win trophies, FA Cups. That's what Tottenham need. We have made some good acquisitions.”
Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas hasn’t revealed a possible replacement for Gareth Bale, although he has made a couple of big signings such as Paulinho and Roberto Soldado.
Mills believes there are a couple of other players that are close to be signed as well. Mills also revealed that Tottenham Hotspur will concentrate on bolstering their attack.
“There are others in the pipeline,” Mills added. “Strikers are very high on AVB's list of priorities and Daniel Levy is trying hard to make sure we have strength up front. It's a really exciting time to be at the club.”