The Welshman has been linked with a record-breaking transfer to Real Madrid.
Tottenham new-boy Roberto Soldado admits he doesn’t expect to be in the same team as Gareth Bale next season.
Bale’s future at White Hart Lane continues to linger in uncertainty after he was the subject of a world record £86 million bid from Real Madrid, although Spurs chairman Daniel Levy continues to play hardball with the La Liga club as he seeks a heavier price for the Wales international.
Despite continued speculation that he could lose his prized asset this summer, manager Andre Villas-Boas has conducted some eye-catching business in the transfer market, signing Brazil international Paulinho for £17m and Nacer Chadli from FC Twente before Soldado became their record signing earlier this week.
The 28-year-old Spain international cost the north London club £26m and hopes to play alongside Bale during his maiden Premier League campaign, but concedes it is unlikely.
“I think everybody knows about Gareth Bale,” the Metro claim he told reporters at Valencia airport.
“He’s a great player. It will be hard to keep him but I hope he stays with Tottenham.”
Should he lose Bale before the transfer window closes Villas-Boas will reportedly make a move for Roma’s Argentina forward Erik Lamela, who is believed to sit high on his transfer wish-list.