Also Soldado's view on Spurs' squad and AVB on Townsend.
Real Madrid have been dealt a blow in their pursuit of Gareth Bale as their player today it is claimed after Chairman Daniel Levy was angered by the “arrogance” of the Spanish club in believing they were about to sign him.
This came after it emerged there was a mystery second bidder who has entered the race to sign the Welshman, with reports linking Paris Saint Germain and Manchester United with bids for Bale, after Bale had reportedly spent the weekend in Spain to discuss personal terms and undergo a medical but has returned to England to train with Spurs as scheduled.
Roberto Soldado has said the Tottenham squad will be 'strong and competitive' this season with or without Gareth Bale.
Soldado said: “The first few games I think are the hardest of the season and we have played well, but we can still improve a lot.
"“I think this is quite a strong squad and a competitive team and that can only be a good thing for us."
The Daily Mail has reported that Bale will be allowed to leave after they have signed a replacement in Erik Lamela from Roma, with Spurs also believed to be interested in Alvaro Vadillo from Real Betis for £8m, although the forward has a £17m release clause in his contract.
The deal for Lamela could be done in the next 24 hours with the 21-year-old believed to be flying to England to complete a £30m deal, which would conclude talks between his agent Pablo Sebbag and Spurs technical director Franco Baldini.
Spurs are also considering a bid for Chelsea's Juan Mata after it appears his first team place at Stamford Bridge is no longer assured, and with the World Cup coming up, Mata may welcome a move to White Hart Lane to improve his chances of being in Spain's squad for Brazil. The bid is believed to be around £30m but Chelsea have said that Mata isn't going anywhere.
Away from transfers, manager Andre Villas Boas has been impressed with the start that Andros Townsend has made to the new season - notably performances against Dinamo Tbilisi and Swansea City.
AVB said: "We gave Andros the opportunity after the game he had against Dinamo Tbilisi and he repaid us with great movement and quality.
"When he gets into space he’s able to take on the man and there is no fear in his game. I was happy with his performance."
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