Gary Neville: Tottenham will do ‘everything’ to keep Gareth Bale

Gary Neville believes that Tottenham Hotspur will do "everything" they can to keep hold of Gareth Bale this summer

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Gareth Bale scored 21 league goals for Tottenham this season Photo: Back Page Images

Gary Neville believes Tottenham will do “everything” they can to keep hold of Gareth Bale this summer as they look to improve next season.

The 23-year-old forward has been linked with a move away from White Hart Lane after scoring 21 Premier League goals and scooping both PFA player of the year awards but seeing the north Londoners miss out on Champions League qualification.

Real Madrid are reported to be preparing a £60m bid for the talismanic Welshman but United defender Neville does not expect the north Londoners to part company with their prized asset.

“I think it will be a huge pre-season for the Premier League,” Neville told United’s website.

“A number of clubs will be wanting to start strongly. Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal – and Spurs will want to do everything they can to hold onto Bale and push forward themselves.

“So I think we will have one of the most interesting pre-seasons we’ve ever had and probably the most interesting start to a season that we’ll have ever had; there will be new managers at three of the top clubs (United, City, Chelsea) as a minimum.”

Defending Premier League champions United will start the season under new manager David Moyes following Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement this month.

And former Red Devils defender Neville believes United’s players will be out to prove a point under their new boss.

“They [the United players] should see it as a new challenge and an important challenge,” he continued.

“I know from speaking to other people in football that since Sir Alex announced his retirement other clubs have already been lifted by the fact he is no longer around.

“The players should see that as a slight on them and say ‘hang on, do you think we can’t go out on that pitch and perform without our manager?’

“That is a challenge in itself and ultimately the players and David Moyes will need to respond to that.

“It won’t be a bed of roses – there will be ups and downs as there always is and there has been over the last 26 or so years. There will be pressure moments in the coming season when people will say ‘oh, it’s not the same.’ But it’s too easy to say that.

“Everybody is waiting to see how this post-Sir Alex Ferguson era is going to work.”

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