Bale to stay at Tottenham

The Daily Mirror has reported Gareth Bale will stay at Tottenham Hotspur for at least another year, declining the chance to follow Harry Redknapp out of White Hart Lane.

The Wales midfielder had been linked with a move away from Spurs even before Redknapp was sacked earlier in June, with Spanish side Barcelona among the clubs linked with a swoop for the 22-year-old. However, Tottenham’s £40m price tag prevented the interested parties making an offer unless Bale himself agitated for a move, and with Bale reluctant to do so, his future would appear set in North London.

The Mirror nevertheless warns that if Tottenham cannot deliver Champions League football by the end of the coming season, Bale could consider his future again. Tottenham had appeared to have clinched a return to the Champions League last season, finishing fourth, until Chelsea usurped their spot by winning the competition itself. Bale’s contract runs until 2015 and the club is said to be preparing a new deal, including a large pay rise.

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