End in sight for Tottenham transfer saga

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Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is set to hold talks with Real Madrid representatives within the next twenty-four hours, however has already admitted defeat to the Spanish giants in the battle to keep Gareth Bale at the Premier League club, according to The Mirror.

Spurs director Keith Mills admitted that player power made it very tough to keep hold of players who wanted to leave, stating “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.”

Bale has not been present in Spurs’ recent pre-season fixtures with an injury, however did turn up for training on Tuesday despite much speculation indicating he may not arrive. It does seem Spurs are resigned to the fact he will leave however, with his face being taken down from the club’s official Twitter page.

Tottenham have already made moves throughout this summer to try and replace the talented Welshman, having spent over £50million on Brazilian midfielder Paulinho, striker Soldado from Valencia and  Belgian winger Nacer Chadli

“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,” added Mills.

“That’s what Tottenham need. We have made some good acquisitions.”

Mills also believes that the advantage gained from keeping their manager when compared to most of their other rivals will further aid their Champions League bid next season.

“It will take the three new managers – Jose Mourinho’s gone back, so he counts as new – a bit of time to settle down.

“They’ve mostly inherited their squads, the previous managers did things slightly differently and that may just be unsettling enough. We all know that in sport things unwind pretty quickly.

“Tottenham are in a very good place. We’re optimistic this is going to be a good season and I fancy our chances to get one of the four Champions League slots.”

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