Bale can force Madrid move

Midweek Sport - - SPORT - By JON WEST

Re­moved

TOT­TEN­HAM di­rec­tor Sir Keith Mills ad­mits player power is likely to win Gareth Bale his dream move to Real Madrid.

Spurs are de­ter­mined to play hard­ball with the Span­ish gi­ants over their 24-year-old Welsh wizard.

They are de­mand­ing a world-record fee of £100mil­lion in the hope of keep­ing their man.

But Mills ad­mit­ted: “If a player is des­per­ate to leave, it’s very dif­fi­cult to force him to stay.

“We’ve seen it at other clubs. Even if he has a con­tract, you can’t force some­body to play for you.”

That was the case last sum­mer when Luka Mo­dric re­fused to go on a pre-sea­son tour of the USA to force Spurs’ hand.

And within days the Croa­tia play­maker had joined Real in a £33m deal.

It had been sug­gested Bale might use sim­i­lar tac­tics and stay away from train­ing.

But he was driven into the club’s En­field base at 10.30am yes­ter­day to join up with his team-mates.

But Bale has been re­moved from the club’s of­fi­cial Twit­ter home page.

Tot­ten­ham of­fi­cials hastily re­moved his im­age, plus that of Clint Dempsey, who had gone back to the US to join

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