Friday 22 September 2017

We’re still talking to Gareth Bale about new Spurs contract, insists Villas-Boas

Gareth Bale is reported to be a target for Real Madrid
Gareth Bale is reported to be a target for Real Madrid

TOTTENHAM boss Andre Villas-Boas has revealed there are ongoing talks with Gareth Bale's agent regarding a new contract for the Wales international as they attempt to ward off interest from Real Madrid.

Bale has been heavily linked with a move to the Bernabeu this summer with reports in Spain earlier this week suggesting the player has already agreed terms on a six-year deal.

But, speaking at the Barclays Asia Trophy in Hong Kong, Villas-Boas was optimistic the 24-year-old, who is currently contracted until 2016, will extend his stay at White Hart Lane.

The Portuguese said: "There was contact between the club and his agent last year and there is ongoing contact between the club and his agent.

"We renewed his contract at the beginning of last 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. At the moment we're confident that the player is under contract at Tottenham, as was done last year.

Tottenham Fixtures 2013-2014

August
17 Crystal Palace (A)
24 Swansea (H)
31 Arsenal (A)
September
14 Norwich (H)
21 Cardiff (A)
28 Chelsea (H)
October
5 West Ham (H)
19 Aston Villa (A)
26 Hull (H)
November
2 Everton (A)
9 Newcastle (H)
23 Man City (A)
30 Man Utd (H)
December
4 Fulham (A)
7 Sunderland (A)
14 Liverpool (H)
21 Southampton (A)
26 West Brom (H)
28 Stoke (H)
January
1 Man Utd (A)
11 Crystal Palace (H)
18 Swansea (A)
29 Man City (H)
February
1 Hull (A)
8 Everton (H)
12 Newcastle (A)
22 Norwich (A)
March
1 Cardiff (H)
8 Chelsea (A)
15 Arsenal (H)
22 Southampton (H)
29 Liverpool (A)
April
5 Sunderland (H)
12 West Brom (A)
19 Fulham (H)
26 Stoke (A)
May
3 West Ham (A)
11 Aston Villa (H)

"It's something that we're speaking about, but there aren't any developments."

Villas-Boas also reiterated his liking of Valencia striker Roberto Soldado despite Spurs' director of football Franco Baldini failing to agree a fee with the Primera Division club for the Spain international on a recent visit to Spain.

The former Chelsea and Porto boss said: "There is interest in the player, no matter what happened in the last couple of days.

"He is a quality player, he has done well at Valencia for the last few seasons.

"He has had a good education from the Real Madrid school and he is a player which we interested in adding."

Villas-Boas also reiterated his liking of Valencia striker Roberto Soldado despite Spurs' director of football Franco Baldini failing to agree a fee with the Primera Division club for the Spain international on a recent visit to Spain.

The former Chelsea and Porto boss said: "There is interest in the player, no matter what happened in the last couple of days.

"He is a quality player, he has done well at Valencia for the last few seasons.

"He has had a good education from the Real Madrid school and he is a player which we interested in adding."

Soldado joined Valencia from Getafe in 2010 and scored 24 goals for Los Che in the Primera Division last season.

Villas-Boas also confirmed that Belgian international defender Jan Vertonghen would be out for two to three weeks after damaging ankle ligaments on the wet playing surface during Spurs' opening game against Sunderland on Tuesday.

Vertonghen lost his footing during Spurs' 3-1 defeat and is now in danger of missing the start of the season. Spurs begin their campaign away to Crystal Palace on August 18.

Heavy rain was forecast for Hong Kong for the remainder of today and before tomorrow's match against South China, and Villas-Boas said he would prefer not to have to play the game.

"The conditions are extremely poor but there is nothing we can do about it. We've lost one player through injury - and if I can be sincere I would prefer not to go ahead (with Saturday's game) but that's the reality.

"Its our responsibility and if the authorities decide to go ahead, we will play the game."

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