Bale and Tottenham in contract talks

Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas has confirmed that negotiations have begun between the club and star winger Gareth Bale over a contract extension for the 24-year-old, TEAMtalk.com has reported, as the Londoners hope to secure Bale’s long-term future.

Bale’s current deal runs until the summer of 2016 but Spurs are looking to extend the contract, offering a more lucrative salary, as they hope to end speculation linking Bale with a move away.

Several clubs, including Manchester United and Real Madrid, are reported to have shown an interest in Bale after Spurs failed to qualify for next season’s Champions League, despite the Welshman’s best efforts. Spurs officials have responded, however, by saying that Bale is not for sale at any price this summer.

Villas Boas explained that talks with Bale and his agent are continuing. He said: “There were contacts last year between the club and his agent, And there are still ongoing contacts between club and agent.

The player renewed his contract last year by the beginning of the season, if you remember, and it’s something that is being dealt with by the chairman and the agent. Talks are ongoing, but that doesn’t mean there is an agreement.

And the former Chelsea boss is confident that Bale, who scored 21 Premier League goals last season, will stay, adding: “At the moment we are confident. The player is under contract, a good contract at Tottenham, which was done last year. It’s something we are speaking about but we don’t have any further developments.

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