Gareth Bale to be offered new Tottenham contract
Published 26/04/2010 | 14:28
Tottenham are set to reward Gareth Bale with a lucrative new contract. The left-sided Welshman has been in outstanding form and is set to follow other key players at White Hart Lane in being offered a new deal.
Daniel Levy, the Tottenham chairman, has a track record of rewarding key players with improved and extended contracts and with clubs from home and abroad showing interest in the former Southampton defender, he is expected to be given a further incentive to remain at the club.
Bale is currently on around £25,000 a week and a new contract could see one of the Premier League’s most improved players double his wages and bring him closer to Spurs’ top earners, Ledley King, Jonathan Woodgate and Jermain Defoe.
Bale, who joined Spurs at the age of 17 in 2007, signed a new deal in August 2008 worth around £25,000 a week, which does not expire until the summer of 2012. But with Manchester United and Juventus among the clubs showing interest, Levy could back manager Harry Redknapp’s insistence that he would not be leaving.
Last week Redknapp claimed that he would not sell Bale, insisting that the youngster, still only 20, was the future of Tottenham and that “you've got to keep your best young players here and he's part of that.”
Last year Benoit Assou-Ekotto extended his deal to 2013 and, earlier this year Aaron Lennon’s outstanding displays won him a new deal, with the England winger now signed up until 2014.
In addition, superb displays this season by both Tom Huddlestone and Michael Dawson have been rewarded in recent months with the pair given deals that last until 2015.
With Tottenham still in the driving seat for fourth place and a Champions League berth next season, Redknapp is more interested in extending his squad rather than selling off key players and a new deal for Bale would highlight that.
Redknapp has been linked with a possible summer move for Manchester City pair Craig Bellamy and Micah Richards.