Last Updated: Tue, 06 Aug 2013 14:09
Tottenham director Sir Keith Mills says he doesn't want Gareth Bale to leave but admits the club cannot force him to stay.
The Wales international has been strongly linked with a record-breaking move to Real Madrid this summer, with recent reports suggesting Spurs are willing to accept £87million plus Alvaro Morata for Bale.
The 24-year-old was back at Tottenham's training ground on Tuesday ahead of crunch talks with the north London club, which are due to take place in the next 48 hours.
Bale is thought to be keen on a move to the Bernabeu and, while Mills is desperate for him to stay, he says Spurs won't be keeping him at the club against his will.
He told the London Evening Standard: "We very much want Bale to stay.
"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."
Meanwhile, Tottenham have reportedly stepped up security at their training base in Enfield after a threat was made against Bale's life.
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