White Hart Lane winger can achieve ambitions at Tottenham, says manager.
Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas has told Gareth Bale to forget about joining Real Madrid in the summer and insisted he can achieve his career ambitions at White Hart Lane.
In-form Bale has emerged as a top target for Europe’s biggest clubs, who have all been alerted to his talent in recent weeks as he has single-handedly kept Tottenham in the hunt for Champions League qualification, finding the net a staggering 23 times already this season for club and country.
Bale has consistently played down speculation about his future at White Hart Lane, but the list of admirers is growing by the week with Real Madrid leading the race to sign him ahead of Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich and Manchester United.
The 23-year-old Welsh international has filled plenty of column inches over the last month or so with an offer of £50million expected to tempt Tottenham into considering cashing in on the former Southampton youngster.
But his White Hart Lane manager Villas-Boas has urged Bale to forget about leaving the north London club with Champions League qualification crucial to his hopes of keeping the flying winger beyond the end of the season.
“I think for a player to develop to his full potential, it can be done perfectly in this league,” Villas-Boas was quoted as saying at his pre-match press conference ahead of the north London derby by Sportinglife.
“I think Gareth has that in mind, not only regarding Spurs but regarding this league too. We have the best league in the world in my opinion. The best clubs are continuing to attract the best players over.
“We don’t want Gareth to go by any circumstances. I have told you in the past that our chairman is very, very difficult to deal with. We will try to hold on to our assets. We believe that we have to hold on to the best players in order to achieve our objectives.”