Spurs manager confident of keeping Gareth Bale

The Sun reports Andre Villas-Boas saying Spurs' future success depends on keeping Gareth Bale. Credit:

With the season now over, attention turns to the comings and goings from Premier League clubs over the summer - and Welsh star Gareth Bale is arguably British football's MVP - most valuable player.

The 23-year-old from Cardiff scored another stunning goal - his 26th of the season - to give Tottenham a 1-0 win over Sunderland, but it was not enough to win them a place in the Champions League for next season - meaning Bale will have to move to play for club football's top prize.

Asked if Bale would still be at Spurs next term, manager Andre Villas-Boas said: "Yes, that's the information we have. It is very, very difficult to lure a player of this dimension away. You have to hold onto your best assets."

Bale was named as footballer of the year by both fellow players, and football writers, this season - and been linked with a move to Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Manchester United or Manchester City - in a deal worth £50m plus.

The Telegraph reports that the Spurs manager is confident of keeping Bale. Credit: