Real Madrid are reportedly lining up a summer move for Gareth Bale, as Tottenham’s Coach admits to the difficulty in keeping hold of him.
The Welsh winger has attracted attention over the past few seasons for his performances in North London and has previously been linked with both Barcelona and Madrid.
According to The Guardian today, Madrid are looking to make the first move this summer, off the back of Bale’s Coach Andre Villas-Boas admitting that Spurs need Champions League qualification to make certain of his stay.
“Players who are performing at this level always get the attention. It doesn't mean that the club doesn't foresee a future with Gareth,” Villas-Boas told a Press conference this week, with Tottenham currently sat in the fourth and final Champions League qualification spot in the Premier League.
“It's intimately related to the objectives that we achieve for the season. Hopefully, we can do just that with the Champions League and continue to progress on what we are doing.
“It's difficult for us to have a player of this dimension playing so well, calling the attention of other teams but it's also difficult for other teams, with the economic situation as it is, to buy a player of this dimension. At the moment, we are very, very fortunate to have him.”
Villas-Boas also commented on the comparisons between Bale and Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo.
“Both of them are extremely technical players, extremely powerful and pacey. It is funny to see how, in some way, they compare.
“Gareth started at left-back and moved to a winger position…now going to a more advanced role. And Ronaldo is also able to play that role up front.
“Ronaldo is now 28, he has achieved so much and he is an example to what Gareth wants to achieve in his career.”