Tottenham’s Villas-Boas: Bale will stay if Spurs finish in top four

Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas says Gareth Bale will stay at Spurs if they secure Champions League qualification this term

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Gareth Bale has scored 18 Premier League goals this term Photo: Back Page Images

Andre Villas-Boas says the Tottenham board have assured him Gareth Bale will stay if Spurs secure Champions League football for next season.

The 23-year-old has been in eye-catching form for the north London side this season, helping to keep Villas-Boas’s men on the coattails of Arsenal and Chelsea in the top-four race.

Bale has scored an impressive 18 Premier League goals from his midfield position, netting nine in his last 11 outings and prompting talk of big-money move in the summer.

However, Villas-Boas, whose side are fifth and two points behind third-placed Arsenal, revealed he has been given assurances by the board that Bale will stay if Spurs secure their place in Europe’s premier club competition.

“I think so,” Villas-Boas said when asked if Bale is likely to stay. “That’s the information that I have from the club. It has come from the club.”

He added: “The club is committed to keeping the best assets. That’s the only way that we can ensure that we are in the top four every year.

“Gareth is part of that project bearing in mind that he has been amazing this season. Hopefully, we can develop him to a greater extent.

“We get the buzz from working with great players and Gareth has developed into a great player, so I couldn’t be happier.”

Bale is the frontrunner in the race to be named the PFA player of the season after a return of 23 goals in all competitions this term, with Michael Carrick, Eden Hazard, Juan Mata, Luis Suárez and Robin van Persie completing the six-man shortlist.

Villas-Boas heaped praise on his star man for a glittering campaign which has seen Bale emerge as one of the best players in the Premier League

And the Spurs boss would be thrilled to see the winger win the award on Sunday.

“Gareth has had a major development this year,” Villas-Boas said. “He has played in so many positions and has had such a big impact in those positions. We are happy that he has been nominated [for the PFA award] and we would be even happier if he was to win.

“Although the recognition is individual, the team have helped him to have this wonderful year and they would feel good for Gareth. They are an excellent group and everything they have spoken about Gareth is with respect.”

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