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Bale treble eases Redknapp's pain
21 Oct 2010 - 07:45:11
Harry Redknapp lavished praise on Gareth Bale after he came close to salvaging Tottenham's Champions League tie with Internazionale.
The Wales winger scored a second-half hat-trick in Wednesday's 4-3 defeat at the San Siro.
Spurs were 4-0 down after 35 minutes and reduced to ten men following an early red card for goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes.
Redknapp's side were staring a European humbling in the face before Bale's intervention and afterwards he was hailed by his manager.
"He's an amazing young player. He plays left-back, he plays wide left, he scores goals, he can run all day," he said.
"Even first half, he gave the right-back (Maicon) a torrid time, I felt.
"The right-back's one of the best right-backs in the world."
Asked whether Bale's hat-trick heroics could lead to fresh transfer interest, Redknapp replied: "There's no way that the club would or should contemplate ever selling him at the moment, certainly not in the near future.
"We should be looking to improve the team, not sell when we get an offer for one of our very, very best players."