Tottenham transfers: Spurs MUST keep Bale, warns Assou-Ekotto

Tottenham transfers: Benoit Assou-Ekotto warns Spurs that they must keep hold of their star player beyond the summer

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

Benoit Assou-Ekotto has warned Tottenham that they must keep hold of Gareth Bale beyond the summer if they want to have any chance of breaking back into the Champions League next season.

The 23-year-old’s future has been a source of constant speculation this summer since Spurs’ failure to qualify for Europe’s elite club competition last term after a fifth-place finish.

The Wales international, who has been linked with the likes of Real Madrid and Manchester United this summer, returned to pre-season training with his Spurs team-mates this week.

And Tottenham defender Assou-Ekotto says that the north London side must keep hold of their star player if they are to mount a serious challenge for a top-four finish next term.

“If Tottenham want to have a future and start to be regular in the top four, Tottenham need to keep him,” Assou-Ekotto told Goal.

“I can understand [why he might want to leave]. Real Madrid are not a small club and people know that even if they support Tottenham at 200 per cent.”

Bale scored an impressive 21 Premier League goals last season as he won the PFA player and young player of the year awards for his scintillating performances.

And Assou-Ekotto added: “It’s good to play with him because sometimes this season we didn’t have the solution to win and he saved us many times.

“He was like a hero and it was cool because sometimes we would say ‘Oh how will we win this game?’ and we gave the ball to Gareth, for example on free-kicks like against Lyon. He was very important for us.”

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