Andre Villas-Boas admits Tottenham Hotspur will find it difficult to hang on to star man Gareth Bale if they do not secure Champions League football for next season, though doubted many clubs could afford the winger.
However, the Portuguese is confident the White Hart Lane side can finish in the top four this season to secure the extra finance and glamorous opponents that the top players crave.
Bale has been in scintillating form in recent weeks, scoring in each of his last three appearances and took his tally for Tottenham to 13 for the season.
Villas-Boas acknowledged that players of Bale’s calibre would attract interest from the biggest clubs around the world, though he feels the current financial climate would make it difficult for them to match his price tag.
“You know it’s extremely difficult,” the 35-year-old former Porto coach is quoted as saying by the Evening Standard.
“Just as it is difficult for us to have a player of this dimension playing so well, calling the attention of other teams, it is difficult for other clubs to buy a player like this with the economic situation as it is.”
Real Madrid have been heavily linked with a move for the Wales international recently and a fee in the region of £55million has been mentioned in places.
Despite the interest of teams such as Madrid, Villas-Boas is hopeful of keeping Bale at Tottenham because of the impact the 23-year-old’s sensational form is having on his side’s results.
“Players who perform at this level will always get attention, but it doesn’t mean the club doesn’t see a future with Gareth,” he added.
“It is intimately related to the objectives we achieve for the season. He is a player we rate very highly and one we are not willing to let go.
“At the moment we are very fortunate to have him and we think we are going to be able to reach our objectives with him at this level of form.
“If we reach those objectives, then hopefully we can continue to have Gareth at our club.
“Can we keep him if we reach the Champions League? I think so. This is where most of the clubs want to be and where most of the players want to play.”