Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas has indicated that a top four finish should be enough to guarantee that Welsh star Gareth Bale will stay at White Hart Lane this summer, reports Sky
Bale has been the subject of much transfer speculation in recent months, with many suggesting that a player of his caliber deserves Champions League football and should not even contemplate playing for a club who fail to reach the top club competition in Europe.
This fate remains in Spurs’ own hands, where if they win all of their five remaining games they will qualify in fourth, but with Arsenal and Chelsea hot on their heels in the chase for the last qualification slot they can scarcely afford a slip up.
Former Chelsea boss Villas-Boas believes that if Spurs qualify, Bale will resist offers from some of the continent’s elite if they can deliver that level of football to the white half of North London.
He said: “That’s the information that I have from the club. The club is committed to keeping the best assets. That’s the only way that we can ensure that we are in the top four every year.
“Gareth is part of that project bearing in mind that he has been amazing this season. Hopefully we can develop him to a greater extent.”
Bale did sign a long-term deal at the club last summer, and it has been suggested that even if another club were to come calling it would take a bid in excess of £80m – the record fee Real Madrid paid for Cristiano Ronaldo when he left Man United – to tempt the club to part with their Welsh wizard.
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