Welshman wants to stay at White Hart Lane…for now.
Gareth Bale is set to hand Tottenham a huge boost by signing a new contract at White Hart Lane, reports the Evening Standard.
Spurs agonisingly missed out on Champions League qualification by one point after Arsenal’s win at Newcastle on Sunday but the Wales international will commit his future to the club in a deal worth £130,000-a-week.
An announcement is expected to be made by the club in due course, with the Welshman likely to add another year onto his current deal which is due to expire in 2016.
However, it is understood the north London outfit will allow Bale to leave in 12 months time if they receive an offer in excess of £50m.
Bale scored his 21st Premier League goal of the season – yet another stunning long-range strike – in the 1-0 win over Sunderland on Sunday, meaning the quadruple player of the year has earned Tottenham a massive 24 points this term.
The 23-year-old is wanted by a host of top European clubs, including Real Madrid and Manchester United but Bale has publicly hinted he is enjoying life in north London.
In a message to the club’s fans on the eve of the clash with Sunderland, chairman Daniel Levy said: “Looking ahead to the summer, we shall continue to seek to strengthen and improve the team and to retain key players.”
Head-coach Andre Villas-Boas has repeatedly insisted that Bale will not be sold this summer and the Portuguese again reiterated his stance when asked about the former Southampton star’s future: “This is an ongoing question but it’s absolutely fine.
“If we want to make it better next season we have to hold on to our best assets and this is what I have been told from the top.
“The reference from the points tally is there so for us to make it better we need to keep hold of the best assets. It is very difficult to lure a player of this dimension away.”
Tottenham have struggled to hold on to their star players in recent seasons and Croatian playmaker Luka Modric was sold to Real in a £27m deal last summer, after lengthy negotiations between the clubs.
Modric had threatened to go on strike if he was not granted his dream move but it is understood Bale has a strong relationship with the club, particularly with Villas-Boas, and will not angle for a move.