Tottenham transfers: AVB reveals chairman’s Gareth Bale pledge

Tottenham transfers: Andre Villas-Boas says Spurs chairman Daniel Levy has promised him that Gareth Bale won't be sold

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Gareth Bale scored 21 league goals for Tottenham in 2012-13 Photo: Back Page Images

Andre Villas-Boas has revealed that chairman Daniel Levy has promised him Gareth Bale won’t leave Tottenham Hotspur this summer.

The Wales international has been heavily linked with a big-money move to Real Madrid after Spurs failed to secure a spot in next season’s Champions League.

But Villas-Boas, who replaced Harry Redknapp last June, is adamant that Tottenham’s talismanic forward will not be leaving the club ahead of next season.

“We have the pledge of the chairman that Bale is not going to leave the club,” Villas-Boas told Marca.

The 23-year-old scored 21 Premier League goals from midfield last season, winning the PFA player and young player of the year awards in April.

And last week, Madrid sporting director Zinedine Zidane urged Bale to hand in a transfer request if the winger wants to leave White Hart Lane this summer.

“I think Real Madrid have made their admiration of Gareth Bale very clear – and it has been made clear that we would not be put off by the cost of the player,” Zidane told the Sunday People.

“But if Gareth feels now is the time to move then he has to have a private discussion with his club and express that he wants to leave.”

Bale has scored 55 goals in 203 appearances for Tottenham after completing a £7m move to White Hart Lane from Southampton in 2007.

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