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Tottenham's Gareth Bale. Photo: PA

Tottenham's Gareth Bale. Photo: PA

Tottenham's Gareth Bale. Photo: PA

Andre Villas-Boas has been assured that he will have money to spend this summer – even if Tottenham do not qualify for the Champions League.

Despite their fortunate 1-0 win over Southampton yesterday, Tottenham still have a lot of work to do to ensure that they qualify for Europe's premier club competition.

Spurs lacked imagination in midfield following the first-half withdrawal of Mousa Dembele, and they looked toothless up front until Gareth Bale scored an 86th minute winner.

The performance led to much talk among fans about the need for reinforcements. Tottenham could do with a new striker, and reinforcements in midfield, while there is speculation AVB is looking for a new left-back.

And it seems the Portuguese has been told he will have money to spend regardless of where Spurs finish.

Asked whether he would have different budgets depending on whether he achieved Champions League qualification, he said: "No. At the moment our future must be analysed in only one direction.

"For us, the objective is always to improve the team and for that to happen either we have Champions League money to make it easier, or we have to invest and risk a bit more.

"But the objective is always to better what you did last season."

Villas-Boas immediately turned his attention to Wednesday's crunch clash against Chelsea, and after his team's performance against Southampton, no one can blame him.

The Saints were the better side for most of the game and would have been 2-0 up at half time had it not been for Nathaniel Clyne's narrow miss, and the finger tips of Hugo Lloris, who saved well from Rickie Lambert's excellent free-kick.

Given he was sacked after just nine months at the helm at Chelsea, Villas-Boas would be forgiven for wanting to settle an old score with his former employers on Wednesday night.

The Portuguese insists that is not the case, however.

"I'm not sure (what it will be like to go back)," said Villas-Boas.

"I'm not sure if enough time has passed for me to feel anything. I was just another manager that passed by."


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