Welsh legend Leighton James can't see Tottenham keeping hold of Gareth Bale.

James wrote in the Daily Star: "Gareth Bale is Britain's best player and in the top five in Europe with people like Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

"That's why I think that Tottenham - despite being a big club in their own right - will struggle to keep hold of their star asset.

"Let's face it, if Barcelona or Real Madrid come knocking on the door, you tend to go.

"It is natural for a footballer to aspire to the biggest stage he can.

"If you are eventually going to fail, the Nou Camp or the Bernabeu are not bad places to do so. You want to see if you can make it at places like that."