Double winner expects Bale to remain at White Hart Lane.
Tottenham and Wales legend Cliff Jones believes compatriot Gareth Bale is “very content” at White Hart Lane and expects the winger to remain at Spurs for the forseeable future.
Bale has been on stunning form for Tottenham and the national team this year and netted his 10th goal in eleven games for club and country in Wales’ 2-1 World Cup qualifying defeat against Croatia on Tuesday.
The 23-year-old’s form has led to suggestions that he could be a transfer target for the likes of Real Madrid and Bayern Munich in the summer but Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas has publicly insisted the forward is happy in north London.
Jones was widely considered to be the best winger in the world during his playing days, leading to obvious comparisons with Bale.
The 78-year-old spent his best years at White Hart Lane, winning the double with Spurs in 1961 and Jones does not expect Bale to leave the club any time soon.
“Gareth is very happy with Tottenham,” Jones told the Tottenham Journal. “You can put him up there alongside the likes of [Lionel] Messi and [Cristiano] Ronaldo at the moment.
“He is very happy, not only in the football sense but with life as well. He is very content, he’s had a baby daughter and he is very happy with his family life. His girlfriend is a Welsh girl and they like to get down to Wales.
“Of course Gareth and everyone linked with the club wants to be in the Champions League and he wants to be playing football at the highest level, but I think he will be at Tottenham for a while yet.”
Jones, who scored 159 goals in 370 games for Spurs from 1958 to 1968, added: “For me Gareth has been the best player to watch this season in the Premier League – but there have been a number of key players for Tottenham.
Bale has scored 23 goals for club and country this season, including 16 from 26 appearances in the Premier League.