Tottenham defiant over Bale as club look to build

Tottenham Hotspur this week maintained their stance regarding the future of their key players, with assistant manager Joe Jordan insisting winger Gareth Bale will not be sold by the club, despite continued speculation surrounding potential suitors across Europe.

Bale earned plaudits the world over following an exceptional campaign in 2010/11, as Spurs reached the Champions League quarter-final, including a memorable hat trick against Inter Milan at the San Siro to grab the headlines, despite Inter holding out for victory. Having had to settle for Europa League qualification in the current campaign, rumours persist that European football’s superpowers could be looking to secure the Welshman’s services. However, despite continued uncertainty over the player’s future, Bale’s current employers appear to be maintaining the tough stance that saw them retain the services of another key member of Harry Redknapp’s Spurs squad.

One of the longest-running stories of the summer transfer window was Chelsea’s pursuit of Bale’s team-mate, Luka Modric. Despite the player’s insistence that he wanted to move across London in pursuit of greater honours, amid stories of verbal agreements with the Spurs hierarchy, Tottenham Chairman Daniel Levy refused to alter the club’s attitude to the matter, insisting the club were not looking to sell their most prized assets, regardless of the potential transfer fees being reported.

After eventually seeing off Chelsea’s interest, at least in the short-term, Modric has shone in the early stages of the 2011/12 campaign, with a string of fine performances as the Croatian playmaker looked to regain his focus as a Tottenham player. Having stood firm to keep Modric, Spurs are now adamant that such a stance can be repeated to resist any interest in Bale, should it materialise.

With Spurs boss Redknapp previously insisting selling key players would ultimately make it unrealistic for his side to make progress, the club’s stance over key players will support the manager’s ambition to establish his side among England’s Champions League representatives. Given his side’s Champions League run last season, many of whom were experiencing the competition for the first time, the club will be believing that with the likes of Bale and Modric in the side, players now believed to have genuine quality at the highest levels of the game, are crucial to any ambitions the club have going forward.

With Barcelona, AC Milan and city rivals Inter all rumoured to have taken an interest in the services of Gareth Bale, Spurs look to be facing another fight to keep a star player. However, with Tottenham firmly in the race for Champions League qualification, keeping the likes of Bale and Modric in the squad will be vital to their hopes. With key additions in the summer including striker Emmanuel Adebayor and midfielder Scott Parker, this strengthened squad will be looking to build on the success already achieved by Redknapp’s men. Should the club maintain their stance and continue to build, Spurs fans will be hoping for further success in the future.

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