Sigurdsson hopeful Bale stays at Tottenham

Gylfi Sigurdsson hopes Gareth Bale remains one of his Tottenham Hotspur teammates for as long as possible, the Daily Mirror has reported, as the Iceland international feels his Wales counterpart can help the club progress on the field.

Sigurdsson added that not only is Bale a special player himself, but that other players will be attracted to White Hart Lane to have the chance to play with the prolific winger. “Gareth is a great player and if he stays it will be fantastic,” Sigurdsson said. “I’m sure he will stay because he’s still here.

I think he is [important in helping attract players],” the former Reading midfielder added. “ Good players want to play with other big players. It’s a big club, hopefully he’ll stay and we’ll bring in a few other good players.

Real Madrid have been strongly linked with a world record £85m offer for Bale, while Spurs’ Premier League rivals Manchester United are also said to be in the hunt for the former Southampton player.

Last season Bale picked up a host of individual awards, being named player of the year by a number of different organisations, and netted 26 goals as Tottenham finished fifth in the league. But, Sigurdsson said, next season the club wants to go a place higher and return to the Champions League – a competition he has yet to experience.

The players talk about when they got into the Champions League and how fantastic it was,” Sigurdsson said. “Missing out when Chelsea won the Champions League and being fifth last season was very disappointing. We’re determined to make it our year and finally get into the Champions League.

The team spirit is really good and a lot of the players are the same age, so we all get along really well. We’re all determined to get that Champions League spot and win some trophies.

But Sigurdsson accepted qualifying for the Champions League was easier said than done. “You never know how it’s going to go, there could be a couple of other teams fighting for the title. There’s going to be about six teams fighting up there – it’s always tough whatever year it is. Hopefully we can come out on top,” he said.

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