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Villas-Boas seeks raise for hot property Bale

Andre Villas-Boas believes that Gareth Bale's treble award-winning season should be rewarded by Tottenham Hotspur with a new contract.

Bale has three years left on his current Spurs, but, after a season in which he has scored 25 goals and won the PFA Player, Young Player and FWA Footballer of the Year awards, Villas-Boas wants the club to give the Welsh international a new deal.

"After the season he has just had, he deserves a new contract," said the Spurs manager, who expects the club to act decisively to keep their prize jewel.

Bale's remarkable form will inevitably attract interest from Manchester United and Real Madrid but Villas-Boas has warned that even Europe's biggest clubs should look elsewhere.

While Tottenham cannot clinch Champions League qualification by their own efforts alone, Villas-Boas predicted that Bale would still be at White Hart Lane next season.

"I have those guarantees," Villas-Boas said. "You can always make your own understanding from what the player says and how he feels.

"Gareth is very, very driven to be successful but you can see that he is enjoying his football and all of the indications that I have are that he will continue here."

Spurs go to Stoke City tomorrow knowing that they will probably need to win both their games and hope that Arsenal drop points against either Wigan Athletic or Newcastle United in order to clinch a top-four finish.

Mousa Dembele will train today for the first time since recovering from a hamstring injury but Villas-Boas was confident of his availability.

"He is still in recovery," he said. "We sent him to Holland, but he will come back ready for selection. He will come back fully fit."

Emmanuel Adebayor should continue up front after a brilliant performance at Chelsea last Wednesday night, when he scored one remarkable solo goal and set up Gylfi Sigurdsson's equaliser with a back-heel.

"There is a stage where every player transcends himself and obviously what was at stake was great," Villas-Boas said.

"Ade in recent fixtures has had some pain in his knee – a minor thing – but he put himself forward and had an amazing game. It was good to see him at that level. Hopefully, his form will continue." (© Independent News Service)

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