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Tuesday 28 January 2020

Villas-Boas keen to keep Bale

Reports on Friday suggested Gareth Bale was close to signing a new and improved contract at Tottenham
Reports on Friday suggested Gareth Bale was close to signing a new and improved contract at Tottenham

Andre Villas-Boas has 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, and reports on Friday 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.

"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," Tottenham manager Villas-Boas told a press conference.

Villas-Boas is in no doubt that he wants the former Southampton man at the club next season, and he added: "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."

Spurs are expected to be active in the transfer market this summer, regardless of whether they sneak into the Champions League at Arsenal's expense during this weekend's tense final round of matches.

Tottenham have relied heavily on Bale's scoring ability this term, with neither Emmanuel Adebayor nor Jermain Defoe able to maintain their consistency or fitness throughout the season. Barcelona striker David Villa is one of several players who have been linked with the north London club.

Many have questioned whether Tottenham will be able to attract top-quality players this summer if they fail to qualify for Europe's top club competition, but Villas-Boas disagrees.

The Portuguese thinks Tottenham's history, and their £45million state-of-the-art training ground, will be enough to attract top stars.

He said: "I'm not sure (Champions League qualification) is that key because Tottenham has a great tradition in football, it has conditions that other clubs don't have but equally these facilities.

"And I think we have a group of players that attract other players to come here. They are good quality players and other players, in bigger or same level squads, would want to join up and play with them."

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