Villas-Boas: Bale will stay if Tottenham qualify for Champions League
Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas has said that he has the assurance of the club board that star player Gareth Bale will not be sold if the club can qualify for next season's Champions League.
Accepting the Bale needs to play in Europe's elite competition, Villas-Boas has admitted that admitted it will be difficult to satisfy Bale's ambition at White Hart Lane if Tottenham does not make it to the top four in the Champions League, the Guardian reports.
However, Villas-Boas was positive about Bale's future, adding that he has been assured from the top that he can stay if the club's success in the Champions League is secured.
Stating that the club is committed to keeping the best assets, Villas-Boas said that it is the only way that they can ensure that they are in the top four every year, adding that Bale is also a part of the project in view of his performance this season.
Stating that the club is happy for Bale being nominated the PFA Player of the Year, Villas-Boas however, said that although the recognition is individual, the team has helped Gale with his performance this year.
According to the report, Tottenham's bullishness about their prospects of keeping Bale from the clutches of Europe's top clubs this summer, chiefly Real Madrid, takes in the player's happiness at White Hart Lane; the fact that he has youth on his side; the likely presence of interested bidders for years to come; and also their abiliity to price predators out of the market.
The 100,000 pounds-a-week Bale, who is in contract till 2016, is odds-on to be named as the PFA's Player of the Year on Sunday night, after a stunning season in which he has scored 23 times for Tottenham, plus five more for Wales, and developed his game to include being a threat from a central attacking role, the report added. (ANI)