Tottenham director admits star can’t be forced to stay

Gareth Bale

Tottenham director Sir Keith Mills has admitted the club are powerless to stop Gareth Bale completing a world record transfer to Real Madrid, according to the London Evening Standard. 

Real Madrid have confirmed they are in talks with Tottenham over a transfer that the North London club are demanding will exceed the world record £80million spent on Cristiano Ronaldo in 2009.

Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas has continually stated his star man is not for sale, although Mills acknowledges any attempt to keep the Welshman against his will would not be a wise move.

“We very much want Bale to stay. 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,” Mills said.

Speculation over the potential move remains at fever pitch, with reports suggesting yesterday the deal was all but done after Tottenham removed Bale’s image from the club’s official Twitter page.

Tottenham have denied this has anything to do with the possible transfer, explaining Bale’s image was removed alongside that of Clint Dempsey, after the American completed a switch to Seattle Sounders.

Bale missed the club’s latest pre-season friendly with Monaco, with the club stating he has a foot problem.

The 24-year-old is not expected to feature against Espanyol at White Hart Lane on Saturday either, while the transfer talks are ongoing.

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