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Calderon confident of Bale capture

ESPN staff
August 2, 2013

Former Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon believes it is only a matter of time before the club sign Gareth Bale.

Bale's future has been the subject of intense speculation, with the Welshman reportedly telling Tottenham that he wishes to leave White Hart Lane. Carlo Ancelotti confirmed that Madrid are in discussions with Spurs over a move.

It was Calderon who managed to take Cristiano Ronaldo from Manchester United to the Bernabeu in 2009 for a world-record transfer fee of £80 million, a sum that will most likely have to be eclipsed if Bale is to join Madrid.

But whatever the fee, Calderon feels Spurs have an uphill task in convincing Bale to stay now he has seemingly made up his mind on his future.

"You never know but when the player is willing to leave, it is not easy to keep him when he wants to go," Calderon said.

"We had the same with Robinho when he wanted to leave in 2009. After that, you just have to try and get as much money as you can.

"Spurs don't want the player to go, but it seems that the player has decided to leave, so it will be difficult.

"The figure being talked about is a huge amount of money."

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