Time for Tottenham to move on from Gareth Bale saga – Andre Villas-Boas

Andre Villas-Boas has called on Tottenham to move on from the Gareth Bale transfer saga after it dominated the headlines

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

Andre Villas-Boas has called on Tottenham to move on from the Gareth Bale transfer saga after it dominated the headlines for much of the summer.

The uncertainty over the Welshman’s future spilled over into the new season before the 24-year-old’s world-record move to Real Madrid was finally confirmed at the start of the month.

And Villas-Boas now wants his players to concentrate on the task at hand as Spurs prepare to welcome Norwich City to White Hart Lane on Saturday.

“It was a transfer which took so much time to resolve, but it gives us the possibility to focus on what is our work from now on,” Villas-Boas told talkSPORT.

“We just have to continue winning. After the defeat at Arsenal, we want to be back alongside the top teams. Most of them have lost points though, apart from Liverpool, but we want to be in the mix, so it [Norwich] is a game we have to win.

“There is a long way to go and the objective is to get the most amount of points possible. Losing to Arsenal is always difficult for us, so we want to bounce back as soon as possible.

“The calendar dictated the timing of the match and for us it was fine either way. Now it has already gone by and it does not change the importance of the Norwich game either way – we have to win just the same, so that is where our focus will be.”

Rio Ferdinand
Rio Ferdinand offers open advice to Chelsea FC midfielder
Paul Scholes
Paul Scholes: This is the signing Man United still need to make
Paul Merson
Paul Merson predicts where Man United and Liverpool FC will finish
Alan Shearer (Photo: BBC Sport / Screengrab)
Alan Shearer: What I really think about Anthony Martial at Man United
Arsene Wenger
Arsene Wenger tips ‘top quality’ Arsenal youngsters for success
Rio Ferdinand
Rio Ferdinand offers open advice to Chelsea FC midfielder
Paul Scholes
Paul Scholes: This is the signing Man United still need to make
Paul Merson
Paul Merson predicts where Man United and Liverpool FC will finish
Alan Shearer (Photo: BBC Sport / Screengrab)
Alan Shearer: What I really think about Anthony Martial at Man United
Arsene Wenger
Arsene Wenger tips ‘top quality’ Arsenal youngsters for success
Top 50 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and Man United stars feature
Top 50 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and Man United stars feature