White Hart Lane boss promises to keep Bale by securing Champions League football.
Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas has told Real Madrid to forget about signing Gareth Bale in the summer after promising to secure the Champions League football that will keep him at White Hart Lane.
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Bale has been the subject of interest from the Spanish giants with Real Madrid reported to be preparing a £55million bid for the Welsh international who manager Jose Mourinho sees as the ideal candidate to replace Cristiano Ronaldo.
But Villas-Boas is confident he can keep hold of Bale beyond the end of the current season, so long as he can secure a top-four finish and Champions League qualification – which he is currently on course to achieve.
“You know it’s extremely difficult,” Villas-Boas said as his press conference ahead of Tottenham’s Premier League clash with Newcastle United. “Just as it is difficult for us to have a player of this dimension playing so well, calling the attention of other teams, it is difficult for other clubs to buy a player like this with the economic situation as it is.
“Players who perform at this level will always get attention, but it doesn’t mean the club doesn’t see a future with Gareth. It is intimately related to the objectives we achieve for the season. He is a player we rate very highly and one we are not willing to let go.
“At the moment we are very fortunate to have him and we think we are going to be able to reach our objectives with him at this level of form. If we reach those objectives, then hopefully we can continue to have Gareth at our club.
“Can we keep him if we reach the Champions League? I think so. This is where most of the clubs want to be and where most of the players want to play. It’s part of our objectives, so hopefully achieving it can mean that we are able to attract better players and continue to hold on to our best ones.”
Bale has scored 12 goals this season and, after Jermain Defoe was injured, he was utilised in a central striker role at West Brom on Sunday as he scored the winning goal in a 1-0 success.
The 23-year-old could well play in that same central position against Newcastle United on Saturday with Emmanuel Adebayor only just back from international duty with Togo at the African Cup of Nations.