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White Hart Lane manager realises he may lose fight to keep in-form winger.
Andre Villas-Boas admits Tottenham may struggle to keep Gareth Bale
Andre Villas-Boas admits Tottenham may struggle to hold on to Gareth Bale after watching the Welsh winger end Liverpool’s eight-match unbeaten run in fine style last night.
Bale ran 50 yards and beat four Liverpool players before setting up Aaron Lennon for Tottenham’s first and then beat Pepe Reina with a brilliant 30-yard free-kick to double the hosts’ lead.
The fact that Bale signed a new contract last summer has not stopped Barcelona and Real Madrid being heavily linked with the 23-year-old, and Villas-Boas admits he may be powerless to stop the winger leaving.
“At the moment he is performing extremely well for Spurs and we are amazed at what he can do for us. He is on to a great career,” Villas-Boas said.
“Obviously Tottenham as a football club want to keep him here for as long as we can but we understand players like this have propositions and a market, which is the nature of the game.”
Should either of the Spanish giants have had scouts at last night’s game at White Hart Lane, they will have been impressed with Bale’s outstanding performance.
Though Andre Villas-Boas’s comments are honest and no doubt accurate it’s probably not all that sensible to make such statements to the watching press.
To state that you’re prized asset could leave the club due to the excellent form he has been in is perhaps naive, especially so if you don’t qualify any such comment with some sort of reference to the fact said player is tied down to a long contract.
Even though the 23 year old Welsh winger did net a hilarious own goal Gareth Bale was probably still by some way the man of the match at White Hart Lane last night. A constant threat and a menace to the Liverpool defence and perhaps the former Southampton man is considering his options.
Any hope Tottenham have of fending off advances from either of the Spanish giants named by this source will greatly depend on whether a Champions League berth is secured, without that the North London side may as well trigger a bidding war for the young wide-man.
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