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Spurs Still Hope To Keep Gareth Bale

posted 7 Aug 2013, 06:33 by Mpelembe   [ updated 7 Aug 2013, 06:33 ]

Tottenham Hotspur still hope to keep Gareth Bale as Real Madrid pursues its possibly record-breaking bid for the Welsh star.

 MADRIDSPAIN (APRIL 4, 2011) (REUTERS) -  Tottenham Hotspur's executive director and a former captain said on Wednesday (August 7) that they still hope to keep Welsh star Gareth Bale, who is the subject of a possibly record-breaking bid by Real Madrid.

They also rejected suggestions that transfer speculation would affect the squad's performance.

Real Madrid is pursuing the Tottenham midfielder with what is believed to be a world record transfer bid in excess of $130 million and the 24-year-old player of the year in England is reportedly keen to move to the Bernabeu.

Spurs' executive director Donna Cullen said on Wednesday that they wanted to keep all of their current squad.

"Absolutely. This is all about building a squad for the future and making sure that every time we go into a season we go in giving ourselves a better chance of competing for top honours."

Asked if that included Gareth Bale, Cullen replied: "Includes all of the squad."

Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti said last week that the La Liga club was in talks with Spurs to buy Bale, with media reports suggesting a fee in excess of 85 million pounds ($130.76 million).

Cullen said the speculation and reports surrounding possible transfers would not diminish the Spurs' squad's performance.

"Yeah. I mean, there's always speculation. We learn to live with it. I think if, you know, you might ask the question about whether or not it has an impact on the players: it doesn't because it actually is the norm. That's what comes with the territory. I think given the industry, we have transfer windows, we're now more inured to it and just accept that that's part of what we're going to get. Everyone looks forward to that window closing and the football starting," said the Spurs director.

Former Spurs and England defender and club captain Ledley King, now a Tottenham ambassador, also hoped that the current squad would remain intact, saying that it is "very strong".

"Do you know I think, as I say, we've signed really well you know and you know and obviously we would like not to lose any, any, any more players and you know, I'm not sure if the manager is going to bring any, any, any more in you know. Maybe, maybe another defender or so but, you know, at the moment the squad as it is looks, looks very strong and you know, I hope that, that can be the one to, to, to start the Premier League," said King.

Spurs host Espanyol in a friendly on Saturday (August 10) and begin their Premier League campaign away at Crsytal Palace on August 18.

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