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AVB confident of keeping Bale

by Michelle Fortune , 07 February 2013

Andre Villas-Boas believes Tottenham will have a very good chance of holding on to Gareth Bale if they secure Champions League qualification.


Tottenham currently it fourth in the Premier League table and have every chance of joining Europe's elite in the Champions League if they hold off the challenge of Arsenal, Everton and Liverpool in the final 13 games of the season.

Bale has long been linked with a move away from White Hart Lane with both Barcelona and Real Madrid among those interested in the 23-year-old, but Villas-Boas wants to keep hold of the Wales international and he believes Champions League qualification would only boost their chances of retaining the winger.

"This 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. It's extremely difficult, as it's difficult for us to have a player of this dimension playing so well," he explained.

Despite being linked with some of Europe's biggest clubs, Bale has repeatedly committed his future to Spurs with his latest contract extension tying him to the club until 2016.

While there are clubs with the finances needed to lure Bale away from White Hart Lane, Villas-Boas is confident they that Spurs can keep hold of him.

"It is difficult for other teams with the economic situation as it is to buy a player of this dimension," he said.

"At the moment we are very, 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.

"We've discussed this at length. Players performing at this level always get the attention. It doesn't mean that the club doesn't foresee a future with Gareth. It's intimately related to what the objectives that we achieve for the season. He's a player we rate very, very highly."

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