Porto expect to keep strike duo
Andre Villas-Boas is optimistic Porto can keep hold of striking stars Hulk and Falcao in the summer.
Last Updated: 19/05/11 8:47am
Andre Villas-Boas is optimistic Porto can keep hold of striking stars Hulk and Falcao during the summer transfer window.
Falcao's 44th minute header secured Porto a 1-0 win over Portuguese rivals Braga in the Europa League final on Wednesday night to make Villas-Boas the youngest manager to win a Uefa club competition.
Porto had already secured their domestic league and the form of Hulk and Falcao has played a leading role in their success this season.
The duo have scored 71 goals between them and have been linked with a string of the continent's pre-eminent clubs.
However, Porto recently agreed a new deal with Brazilian hot shot Hulk and Villas-Boas feels it will be difficult for clubs to prise the pair away.
"The speculation is normal with managers and players around the world," said the Porto coach.
"But it's not easy for any of this talent to run away from us.
"Hulk has a release clause of 100million euros, which is not easy for any club to pay. Falcao's is 30million euros.
"It's very difficult for a club to splash around that amount of money. It's not impossible, but let's hope we can keep the majority of our talent next year."