Spurs must keep forward at White Hart Lane says Sigurdsson.
Tottenham midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson believes teammate Gareth Bale is irreplaceable.
Bale, 23, scored his 21st Premier League goal of the season – a trademark thunderbolt from outside the box – to hand Spurs a 1-0 victory over Sunderland on Sunday but the club missed out on Champions League qualification by a single point.
Spurs’ failure to qualify for UEFA’s premier club competition for the third consecutive season has led to speculation that quadruple player of the year Bale may depart this summer, with Manchester United and Real Madrid both thought to be interested in the £60m-rated forward.
Sigurdsson, however, believes the club must hang on to the Wales international at all costs.
“It’s very important that he stays. It’s always important for us to keep good players and he is a fantastic player,” the former Swansea star told the Evening Standard.
“For us to push forward, it would be great if he stays.
“If he goes, I’m sure the club will get a lot of money for him.
“In that situation, hopefully he would be replaced by a few players because I don’t think there will be one player who can replace him.”
And Icelandic midfielder Sigurdsson is hopeful his teammate will remain at the club.
“Hopefully he will stay at the club. He’s been here for a long time, he’s very happy and he’s enjoying his football,” the 23-year-old added.