Tottenham star will not be leaving White Hart Lane.
Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas reiterated that he will be considering selling star man Gareth Bale in the summer after his two goals helped sink Newcastle United 2-1 in the Premier League.
Bale has been linked with a switch away from White Hart Lane at the end of the season with Spanish giants Real Madrid understood to be considering making a move for the Welsh international winger, who has been valued at around £55million.
Bale’s importance to Tottenham was once again underlined by his match-winning display against Newcastle, a result which briefly lifted Villas-Boas’ side to third in the Premier League before Chelsea regained the place later in the day.
And his manager insisted he will be going nowhere and likened Bale’s significance at Tottenham to that played by Lionel Messi at Barcelona and Cristiano Ronaldo at Real Madrid, particularly given he once again excellent in a free central role in the victory over Newcastle United.
“Obviously, we have spoken about that at length and are not going to go through it again,” Villas-Boas told Sky Sports. “Most teams have to hang on to their best players. Barcelona losing Messi would be a disaster, Real Madrid losing Ronaldo would be a disaster, so this is exactly the same.
“Teams are dependent on great organisation and also great individuals when they are able to express their football to the maximum.
“There isn’t a release clause in English football, it’s very difficult to negotiate with Tottenham as you know and we are not willing to let our best assets go. We can’t turn this into a debate every time a player does well.”
It was Ronaldo’s future at Real Madrid that had sparked the speculation of interest in Bale, with the Portuguese star being linked with a move away from the Bernabeu to either Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain.