Sunday, 10th February, 2013
Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas has dismissed suggestions that the club could sell Gareth Bale, insisting it would be like Barcelona losing Lionel Messi and Real Madrid losing Cristiano Ronaldo.
Bale grabbed both goals for Spurs in their 2-1 win over Newcastle yesterday, as their push to secure a top four spot, and the Champions League football which goes along with it for next season, continued apace.
The Welshman continues to be linked with a switch elsewhere, despite Spurs’ progress, and Real Madrid, who successfully raided White Hart Lane for Luka Modric last summer, have been heavily linked with launching a swoop.
But for Villas-Boas, selling Bale is something which would be a disaster for Tottenham and akin to other clubs losing their very best stars.
"Barcelona losing Messi would be a disaster", the Portuguese tactician was quoted as saying by the BBC.
"Real Madrid losing Ronaldo would be a disaster, so this is exactly the same.
"There isn’t a release clause in English football, it’s very difficult to negotiate with Tottenham and we are not willing to let our best assets go."
It has been suggested that Bale will need Champions League football for next season in order to stay at White Hart Lane.
At present, Villas-Boas is well on course to deliver that, with the club four points clear of fifth-placed Arsenal, who they still have to host at White Hart Lane on 3rd March.
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