Tottenham won’t be bullied into selling Gareth Bale, says Paul Walsh
Former Tottenham Hotspur striker Paul Walsh believes Spurs won't be bullied into selling talisman Gareth Bale this summer
Paul Walsh believes Tottenham Hotspur won’t be bullied into selling talisman Gareth Bale in the summer.
The 23-year-old scored on his return from an ankle injury on Sunday, helping Spurs secure a 3-1 victory over second-placed Manchester City at White Hart Lane.
Bale is one of the leading contenders to win the PFA player of the year award after scoring 18 Premier League goals this term, taking his tally to 23 in all competitions.
Barcelona and Real Madrid have been previously linked with a move for Bale, but Walsh reckons Spurs can resist any interest, with the winger’s contract running until 2016.
“He has three years left on his contract so Tottenham are in a position where they can say, ‘You’re not going anywhere. We are going to keep you’,” said Walsh.
“[Chairman] Daniel Levy has been quite hard-nosed on a couple of other occasions in the past so I don’t think Tottenham are just going to roll over.
“He didn’t let Modric go that summer and that might be what they have to do with Bale.”
Bale has scored 52 goals in 199 appearances for Spurs after completing a £7m to north London from Southampton in 2007.