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Tottenham’s club-record signing Roberto Soldado believes it will be unlikely he will line-up with Gareth Bale at White Hart Lane next season.
The Valencia striker agreed to join Spurs on Thursday and was on his way to England for a medical on Friday when he asked for his opinion on the ongoing Bale saga.
While the Spain international is keeping his fingers crossed, the 24-year-old stays he admits it could be tough for Tottenham to keep Bale out of the clutches of Real Madrid.
“I think everybody knows about Gareth Bale. He’s a great player. It will be hard to keep him but I hope he stays with Tottenham,” said Soldado.
Tottenham have spent heavily on bringing Soldado, Paulinho and Nacer Chadli to north London but could be about to recoup their outlays, and then some, as talk of a record-breaking move for Bale to Real refuses to go away.
Los Blancos coach Carlo Ancelotti confirmed on Thursday that they were still in talks with Spurs, who are thought to have quoted the Spanish giants £100million if they want to sign the Wales international.
Real are thought to be weighing up matching Tottenham’s asking price having seen their original offer of £85million-plus rejected, although they have ruled out including Luka Modric as part of any potential deal.
Reports on Friday suggested Bale had asked to be left out of Tottenham’s friendly with Monaco this weekend in order to avoid putting a potential move to Real at risk by picking up an injury.