Real and Barca will attempt to lure Spurs star Gareth Bale this summer
Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas fears Gareth Bale would hand in his transfer request this summer if the club fails to qualify for the Champions League. Tottenham Hotspur have been in impressive form this season. The London outfit currently sits fourth on the Premier League table, just a point away from third-placed Chelsea.
Real Madrid and Barcelona are keen on signing in the Welsh attacking midfielder. Both clubs have made attempts to bring in the 23-year-old during the past two seasons, but their attempts have borne no fruit.
The White Hart Lane boss understands he must help Tottenham Hotspur qualify for the Champions League in order to retain the services of the club’s crown jewel. Gareth Bale has been stunning form this season. The 23-year-old attacking midfielder has scored 13 goals in 28 appearances for the Whites this season.
“Keeping your best players is intimately related to how you foresee your future and the objectives you might get in the season,” Andre Villas-Boas said. “Hopefully we can do just that by qualifying for the Champions League and continuing to progress on what we are doing.
“It’s difficult for us to have a player of this dimension playing so well, and it is difficult for other teams, with the economic situation, to buy a player of this dimension. At the moment we are very fortunate to have him.
“I think we can reach our objectives with him at this level and if we reach our objectives, we can hopefully continue to have Gareth in our club.
“The Champions League is where most of the clubs want to be, and where most of the players want to play. It’s part of our objectives, so hopefully achieving it means we can attract better players and continue to hold on to our best players.”
Gareth Bale, who has scored four goals for Wales since the beginning of the season, inked a new deal with Tottenham Hotspur last summer. Gareth Bale’s new contract and the fact that he is in phenomenal form allows Tottenham Hotspur to demand a heavy treasure chest from any club that desires to sign him in.
Andre Villas-Boas will deploy Gareth Bale as Tottenham Hotspur’s sole striker in a Premier League match-up against Newcastle United on Saturday due to the absence of Jermain Defore (injury) and Emmanuel Adebayor (African Nations Cup).
“He will not be 100 per cent, but he is still a player that can make a difference for us,” Andre Villas-Boas added.