The Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas has said that it would be almost impossible for the winger Gareth Bale to be sold in the January transfer window. The 23-year-old Welshman has been linked with many clubs like Real Madrid and Barcelona, while he has also recently admitted his interest in moving to a foreign club.

The Real Madrid manager José Mourinho is one of the huge admirers of the Welshman and he is keen to bring him to the Santiago Bernabeu. It is thought that the two clubs have agreed a deal with each other after the transfer of the Croatian midfielder Luka Modric.

Aside from the publicly announced agreement between the two clubs over various aspects like coaching and training, it is also thought that Real Madrid have the first preference on Gareth Bale if the club decided to ever sell him. Bale is one of the most highly valued players in the world, with Tottenham putting a pricetag of more than £ 45 million on his services. Ahead of the January transfer window, it has been rumoured that the player will be subjected to bids from Real Madrid. The manager Andre Villas-Boas, though, ruled out the possibility of the club selling him in January by saying that it was almost impossible probability.

“It is completely impossible he will leave in January. The transfer window always gives you the opportunity to strengthen your squad. Teams will lose players to African Cup of Nations, but there is a chance to strengthen a little bit. Ideally you’d prefer to avoid it. It’s for us, we should plan our season, stick to players we see in summer, define our season in our season plan and go on from there,” said Andre Villas-Boas. Bale already has six goals from 14 matches played in the campaign so far.