Former Arsenal and Spurs boss: 'No doubt Bale will leave'

Former Arsenal and Tottenham boss George Graham has stated his belief Gareth Bale will move on this summer.

A former Tottenham boss has weighed into the debate on Gareth Bale, and it's not Harry Redknapp.

The man in question is George Graham, who managed Spurs between 1998 and 2001, but is perhaps best known for his associations with rivals Arsenal.

Graham played for Arsenal during the 1960s and 70s winning the FA Cup in '71, and managed them for almost a decade between 1986 and 1995, winning two league titles, a League Cup, and a UEFA Cup Winners Cup.

He spoke to BBC Radio 5 Live yesterday, and did not sound hopeful of Tottenham keeping star man Gareth Bale, who is attracting huge interest from Real Madrid.

He said: "I think that he’ll go, I have no doubt on the matter".

"The amounts being talked about are a little high, but he’s a world-class player, one of the best on the planet. If he wants to leave, Tottenham is going to push up his price as high as it can."

Graham not the only one unsure if Spurs can hang onto Bale, even one of their own directors claimed yesterday it would be doubtful.

Keith Mills, director, stated: "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."

So far publicly manager Andre Villas-Boas and chairman Daniel Levy have been adamant that their plans do not involve selling Gareth Bale, but with figures of around £100 million expected to be on the table, that resolve is being tested to the limit.

What do you think of the comments, and how do you expect the saga to play out?

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