Harry Redknapp has told Jose Mourinho that he cab watch Gareth Bale all he likes - but the Welshman won't be leaving Tottenham for Real Madrid.
Bale's scintillating form since the second half of last season has led to him being linked with a variety of clubs and Mourinho was linked with the left-sided flyer while at Inter Milan, as well as more recently since moving to Madrid.
But while Redknapp has said Bale has matured into 'one of the best players in the world', he said Spurs are in the process of building a side and have no intention of selling.
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'I read in the papers the other day that Gareth's performances forSpurs have already caught the attention of other teams around the world- including Real Madrid and their manager, a certain Jose Mourinho,' wrote Redknapp in his column in The Sun.
'Jose certainly knows a player when he sees one. But one thing is for sure. I am not letting Gareth go anywhere.
'Tottenham is a team on the up and we are building something at White Hart Lane.
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'Mourinho can enjoy watching Gareth all he likes but he will be going nowhere.'
Redknapp puts Bale on a pedestal with Ashley Cole as the best players of their kind in the world and paid tribute to his strength after coming though a difficult early period at White Hart Lane.
'(Bale) has come through an amazing 12 months andmatured into one of the best players in his position in the world,' said Redknapp.
'Just over a year ago, he had this awful jinx hanging over him where he had not played in a winning Spurs team.
'Now, I would say he and Ashley Cole are two of a kind in this country and the two best left-backs in England.
'I do not make comparisons lightly but he and Ashley Cole are quite similar and that can only be a massive compliment to Gareth.
'Cole started out at Arsenal as a left-winger. Gareth was a left-winger as a lad too.
'The legacy means they can run, attack, score goals and they have amazing engines.
'I marvel sometimes at the staying power of young Gareth. He tracksback superbly from attacking positions, can shoot, dribble and is socomfortable coming out of defence.
'The main difference between him and Ashley Cole is that he is Welsh - more's the pity.
'I would go so far as to say that Gareth is the best player to comeout of Wales since Ryan Giggs. As an Englishman, I am highlydisappointed he is Welsh.
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'Gareth is a lovely lad, grounded despite all those qualities that are starting to shine through.
'He is an integral part of our team both in the Premier League and the Champions League this season.
'Plus, I hope, an incentive for him to become an even better player in the next 12 months.'
Bale's quality, as well as the emergence of young Welsh talent such as Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey and West Ham's Jack Collison, have convinced Redknapp that England won't have it all their own way when the two nations meet in the Euro 2012 qualifiers.
'If you look around, Wales are producing some good young players again," he said.
'Aaron Ramsey at Arsenal is another to come from the Valleys, while Cardiff City and Swansea City are doing well in the Championship and Welsh football is looking strong once more.
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