Andre Villas-Boas admitted Friday that Tottenham will struggle to hold on to Gareth Bale, after the Welshman’s man-of-the-match display that saw Spurs end Liverpool's eight-match unbeaten run. The 23-year-old may have only just signed a new contract at White Hart Lane, but AVB realizes that if the likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona come calling, he would be powerless to stop Bale from leaving.
“At the moment he is performing extremely well for Spurs and we are amazed at what he can do for us. He is on to a great career,” the Tottenham coach said. “Obviously Tottenham as a football club want to keep him here for as long as we can but we understand players like this have propositions and a market, which is the nature of the game.”