Jermain Defoe has urged in-form team-mate Gareth Bale to stay at White Hart Lane, describing the Welshman as “unique.”
The striker, who has been absent since tearing ankle ligaments while on duty with England in September, has said he can’t wait to be fit enough to return to playing and get on the end of some of Bale’s deliveries from the wing.
According to BBC Sport, Defoe said: “You want to keep your best players, and we’ve got some fantastic players. You want to be playing with good players and I want to be playing with him.” The 28-year-old also stressed the importance of qualifying for the Champions League again if the club hope to keep their top players. He said: “It’s crucial and would be special because we’ve come a long way as a team. I think we’ve gone to a different level now.”
Redknapp: Bale still in form.
Harry Redknapp, meanwhile, has moved to try and reduce some of the expectations resting on Bale’s shoulders. The flying Welshman had another good game as Tottenham fell short at the Reebok Stadium yesterday, losing out 4-2 to a tough Bolton side.
Redknapp, however, claimed that while Bale was the best player yet again, he does not expect the winger to keep producing miracles. According to Sky Sports, the manager said: “He had some fantastic runs and crossed a couple of great balls. If people had got on the end of them he could have made two or three goals. I do not expect the kid to keep doing miracles. He will have good days, bad days. He is a young lad, a left winger. He has been fantastic for us and is improving.”
Bentley and Kranjcar set for exit.
The Mail Online is reporting this morning that Spurs are likely to offload some of their players in January in order to fund new faces at White Hart Lane. Two of the current stars being suggested are preparing to leave the north Londoners are David Bentley and Niko Kranjcar.
Former Arsenal youngster Bentley, who only joined Spurs from Blackburn for £15m two years ago, is reportedly attracting interest from Fulham, while ex-Pompey star Kranjcar could be on his way to Newcastle or Aston Villa.