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Andre Villas-Boas: Window is 'frantic'

August 21, 2013
By ESPN staff

Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas has said he is expecting a “frantic” finale to the transfer window -- with the departure of star man Gareth Bale to Real Madrid still a possibility.

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Villas-Boas, preparing his side for Thursday’s Europa League play-off first leg at Dinamo Tbilisi, said he still hoped to “keep everyone” at White Hart Lane.

The Tottenham boss has been busy in the transfer window, with Anzhi Makhachkala’s Willian -- reported to be undergoing a medical in London – the latest potential arrival.

Speaking to reporters in the Georgian capital, Villas-Boas said: “Ideally, we want to keep everyone to make us stronger -- that is the ultimate objective of the club.

“In the end, anything can happen. We are dragging ourselves into the last weeks of transfer activity, and it can become very, very frantic.''

He said it was “not true” that a deal to sell Wales international Bale to Real had already been agreed, but did confirm that “conversations” over Willian had taken place.

Tottenham's summer spending -- the biggest such outlay in their history -- has led Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho to describe them as title contenders, and they have twice broken their transfer record to sign Paulinho and Roberto Soldado.

But Villas-Boas said: “I don't agree that we can be title contenders for this season coming because everything is happening, everything is changing.

“We have to create a team at the moment from all these new players that we have bought. We haven't had lots of time to work with them, and believe that in the future we can definitely achieve it [a title challenge].''

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