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Spurs admit hanging on to Bale unlikely

ESPN staff
August 7, 2013
On the move - Gareth Bale leaves Spurs' training ground © Getty Images

Spurs might be fighting to keep Gareth Bale from moving to Real Madrid but an apparent resignation he will go is filtering through the club.

The Evening Standard quoted club board member Sir Keith Mills as saying: "We very much want Bale to stay, but 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."

Bale turned up at training on Tuesday even though his agent was quoted in the Spanish press as saying he would stay away after the move to Real was rejected.

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