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AVB keen to hold onto Bale

Andre Villas-Boas today reiterated his desire to keep Gareth Bale at Tottenham.

Bale has been in scintillating form this season, scoring 30 goals for club and country.

The Welshman's contract runs out in 2016, but Tottenham have a history of improving the terms of a player's deal if they have had an outstanding season.

Reports this morning suggested the 23-year-old was close to signing a new and improved contract that would see him earn up to £170,000 a week.

Villas-Boas was unsure whether Bale is close to signing a new deal, but the Tottenham manager is in no doubt that he wants the former Southampton man at the club next season.

"I'm not sure (about whether Bale is close to signing a new deal), our interest is for the player to continue here and I've made that very clear," Villas-Boas said this morning.

"Whatever is happening, the idea is for the player to be here next season.

"I have said this numerous times. We are pretty confident we will be able to keep him."


Brighton manager Gus Poyet has been suspended by the Championship club along with assistant manager Mauricio Taricco and first-team coach Charlie Oatway.

It was reported that Poyet's suspension came after a clash with the club's hierarchy over budgets for summer signings.

Other sources claimed that Poyet, who is under contract until 2016, had refused to deal with the club's retained list.

Brighton released three players – Vicente, Gary Dicker and Marcos Painter – while extensions were offered to Gordon Greer, Inigo Calderon, Ashley Barnes, Will Hoskins, Peter Brezovan, Adam El-Abd and David Lopez.