Tottenham Hotspur director Sir Keith Mills has admitted that the club will face an uphill battle to keep star man Gareth Bale at the club - amid reports suggesting he is pushing for a move to Real Madrid.
The transfer saga has been going on for months now after it was first reported that Madrid were keen on bringing Bale to the Bernabeu - no matter what the price.
And since reports were claiming that an £85million bid is on the table, the rumours and speculation continued to intensify.
Bale has remained very quiet about his own future and has refused to talk to the press about the transfer saga, but it is obvious to everyone that Madrid want to sign the 24-year-old.
Carlo Ancelotti, who is now manager at the Bernabeu, has already admitted that the two clubs are in formal talks about a possible transfer and the move is expected to be completed within the next fortnight.
It is thought that the deal will be worth around £85million, which would be a new transfer record, beating Cristiano Ronaldo's move to Madrid by £5million.
It is now the Spurs director who has been talking about the transfer and he has admitted that it will be tough for them to keep hold of their star asset.
"We very much want Bale to stay," Mills told the Evening Standard. "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.
"This summer, 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, FA Cups.
"That's what Tottenham need. We have made some good acquisitions."
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