Jordan: We can hang on to Bale

BY foxsports • November 18, 2011

Spurs are braced for a battle to keep Bale at White Hart Lane after Barcelona expressed an interest in the Wales winger earlier this week. Although the Spanish giants declared they would not pay over the odds for the 22-year-old, it could be the opening salvo in the type of protracted bidding war that unsettled Modric. Chelsea pursued Modric throughout the summer and were prepared to pay as much as £40million for the Croatian playmaker, only to be repeatedly rebuffed by Spurs. "The stance with Modric was that we would not be forced into selling him and that was proved," said Jordan, the club's assistant coach. "I believe we can keep Bale. It's great when the best team in the world is talking about one of our players. I don't see why it would cause us a problem. "To mention figures? I wouldn't start mentioning figures. "Everyone's got a valuation, but it's important that your players are spoken about. "We've shown that we can retain players and bring players in, both of which are important." Jordan admits that Modric struggled to remain focused in the aftermath of his courtship by Chelsea. "It was something that even for Luka, went on for too long," he said. "It just seemed to continue and continue and it had a draining effect on the player. "I'm glad it's over with at this moment in time and you can see how Luka is performing now. It is a bonus for us all." Jordan believes the arrival of new signings such as Emmanuel Adebayor and Scott Parker have helped convince the squad of Spurs' ambition. But the Scot highlights the importance of qualifying for the Champions League football in attracting and retaining big names. "What you can see is an improvement in the squad and the team," he said. "We are demonstrating that we have a chance of fulfilling the ambitions of individual players, which is to get in the Champions League. "The fans love it and I love it, but more than anything the players want to play at the top level, facing sides like Real Madrid, AC Milan. "The Champions League is huge money to the club. The rewards are there as well if we reach the Champions League because we have the players, or we hope to have the players. "Qualifying for the Champions League is not only important for keeping players, but also for enticing new ones in. "It is the top level and is what we are striving for."