Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas has re-iterated his desire to keep Welsh wonder Gareth Bale at the club, according to The Daily Telegraph.
Bale has been in the form of his career recently and his put in match winning displays for both Wales and Tottenham over the last few weeks. He was the difference last weekend for Spurs as they won 1-0 against West Bromwich Albion and he starred for Wales as he scored one and claimed an assist as Austria were beaten at the Liberty Stadium.
With every superb performance, speculation grows that Bale could be on his way out of White Hart Lane to pastures new. Real Madrid are thought to be lining up a summer swoop for the winger, and the player has openly admitted he would like to play abroad one day. In an interview last year Bale said:
It would be nice to experience other leagues and other cultures. I’ve always said I’m not afraid to go abroad. If the times comes and a team that’s right comes and in for me, then I’ll look at it seriously. I’ll see what happens.”
Despite this, Andre Villas-Boas believes Tottenham will be in a strong position to keep hold of Bale, but only if they qualify for the Champions League. The Spurs boss said:
I think keeping your best players – or attracting the best players – is intimately related to how you foresee your future, and the objectives that you might get in the season. Hopefully we can do just that with the Champions League.”
If Bale left Tottenham it would be a bitter blow to Spurs hopes of establishing themselves in the elite in England. He is the difference between drawing a match or getting three crucial points. Even when he is not on the score sheet himself he tears open defences and creates numerous chances for others. A popular opinion in football is that Bale is now regarded as one of the top 5 players in the world and it would be hard to disagree with that.
Similarities are being identified between Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale in terms of becoming an all-round player. Bale himself has said that he looks up to Ronaldo and models his game on him.
If Tottenham can secure Champions League football and add one or two quality additions to the squad it should be enough to keep Bale at the Lane and then the future will look extremely bright indeed for the Lilywhites.