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Anorak | Gareth Bale stays at Spurs as Real Madrid president arrives on London shopping trip

Gareth Bale stays at Spurs as Real Madrid president arrives on London shopping trip

by | 20th, June 2013

THE Daily Bale: Anorak’s looks at the Tottenham Hotspur star in the news. Today’s transfer balls:

Marca : “Villas-Boas: ‘Bale isn’t leaving Spurs'”

Fact! Or:

Tottenham is playing hardball. The club responded calmly but firmly to Real Madrid’s interest in Gareth Bale, stating that there is nothing to talk about and that the Welshman is staying in London. The English club’s manager, André Villas-Boas has no doubts about his young player’s future. “Bale isn’t leaving Spurs”, the Portuguese said.

Says Villas-Boas:

“The chairman has pledged that Bale isn’t leaving the club.”

Unless AVB goes, which he isn’t:

The other reason for Tottenham’s refusal to sell Bale is in Paris. The Tottenham chairman stopped a possible Villas-Boas move to PSG, guaranteeing the manager that he will have a stronger team next season built around Gareth Bale.

So. Bales stays. And it gets better for Spurs fans:

Metro : “Spurs promise Andre Villas-Boas £50m in transfer funds after he snubbed PSG”

Spurs will part-finance any moves by selling off fringe first-team players, with 10 names having already been told they can go. But the rest will come from Levy’s pocket, with the club keen to reward their young manager for his loyalty to the cause.

Or not.

As Levy said in 2011:

“I wish to make it absolutely clear, as I have said previously, that none of our key players will be sold this summer. We are building a team for the future to consistently play at the highest level and retaining quality players is crucial to that.

“In respect of Luka Modric, we are not prepared to sell, at any price, to Chelsea Football Club or any other club…

“For the avoidance of any doubt, let me reiterate that we shall not enter into any negotiations whatsoever, with any club, regarding Luka. We now consider this matter closed.”

One year later, Modric left for Real Madrid.

In 2007, Levy said of Manchester United’s interest in Dimitar Berbatov:

“Once again for the record, we are not a selling club, rather we are building for the future. When we have players on long contracts we have no need to entertain offers.”

In 2008, Berbatov joined Manchester United.

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