Villas-Boas keen to keep Bale

17 May 2013 11:46

Andre Villas-Boas has reiterated his desire to keep Gareth Bale at Tottenham.

Bale has been in scintillating form this season, scoring 30 goals for club and country. The Welshman's contract runs out in 2016, but Tottenham have a history of improving the terms of a player's deal if they have had an outstanding season, and reports on Friday suggested the 23-year-old was close to signing a new and improved contract that would see him earn up to £170,000 a week.

"I'm not sure (about whether Bale is close to signing a new deal), our interest is for the player to continue here and I've made that very clear," Tottenham manager Villas-Boas told a press conference.

Villas-Boas is in no doubt that he wants the former Southampton man at the club next season, and he added: "Whatever is happening, the idea is for the player to be here next season. I have said this numerous times. We are pretty confident we will be able to keep him."

Spurs are expected to be active in the transfer market this summer, regardless of whether they sneak in to the Champions League at Arsenal's expense during this weekend's tense final round of matches.

Tottenham have relied heavily on Bale's scoring ability this term, with neither Emmanuel Adebayor nor Jermain Defoe able to maintain their consistency or fitness throughout the season.

Barcelona striker David Villa is one of several players who have been linked with the north London club.

At 31-years-old, he does not look like the kind of striker that Spurs would normally pursue, but if the club can negotiate a cut-price deal with Barca, having a man who has won a World Cup and Champions League in the ranks would certainly help Villas-Boas next term.

Villas-Boas said: "He's one of the world's best strikers.

"What comes out of speculation at this time at Tottenham is very surreal because you know this club is very active in the last weeks of the transfer window, so you can see that speculation is growing here and there but at the moment we are focused on trying to get the fourth spot."

Source: PA