AVB claims Gareth Bale will snub Real Madrid for Tottenham this summer
Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas Boas is of the belief Gareth Bale will extend his stay at White Hart Lane even if the club fails to acquire a Champions League berth. The Welsh attacking midfielder has received a wealth of awards and honors at Tottenham Hotspur. Just recently Gareth Bale completed an awards treble after winning a PFA double and being named Football Writers’ Association Player of the Year.
Only last week, Andre Villas-Boas was quoted saying Tottenham Hotspur will have to win a Champions League spot in order to keep Gareth Bale out of the clutches of other club, such as Real Madrid. On the other hand, Gareth Bale admits he is thinking about an abroad move in the near future.
Anyway, a cheerful Andre Villas-Boas sat in front of the media for his press conference on Thursday. The Portuguese boss took special time out to explain the future of Gareth Bale and why he believed the Wales international will stay at the London outfit.
“The information I have from the club that was mistakenly written about last week is that the player will remain here irrespective of Champions League qualification being achieved or not,” Andre Villas-Boas said.
“This is the information I shared with you all of the season. The more rewards, the more recognition the player has, the more media attention, but this club can only move forward by keeping hold of its players and next season for Tottenham, Gareth cam be even more assertive.
“I would be extremely surprised [if he left this summer], but in football anything can happen. It is impossible to predict. This is the assurance I have from the club.”
Reporters tried to put pressure on Andre Villas-Boas by suggesting Real Madrid’s “special adviser” Zinedine Zindane insists Gareth Bale will be seen under white of Real Madrid this summer. Reportedly, Real Madrid are prepared to pay as much as £60 million for the winger.
“Whatever the price tag the player has doesn’t matter to us because he is our player,” Andre Villas-Boas continued. “He’s a player we have to keep hold of him for the remaining seasons to make sure we are to achieve our objectives.
“In the end, it is great for a player of Zidane’s dimension to speak to Gareth. Good public recognition from someone who has reached the heights of the game. I have no problem with him commenting like this.”