AVB: Spurs won't be selling Bale

Andre Villas-Boas has told Luka Modric to keep out of Spurs' business and says they won't be selling Gareth Bale.

Last Updated: 30/11/12 at 13:41 Post Comment

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Andre Villas-Boas has told Luka Modric to keep his nose out of Tottenham's business before insisting it would be "completely impossible" for the club to sell Gareth Bale.

Modric, who left Spurs this summer, has urged Bale to come and join him at the Bernabeu, telling The Sun: "I know Gareth has a big dream of winning the Champions League and Madrid would be a great club for him to achieve it."

Bale himself has admitted he would like to play abroad at some stage in his career, but Villas-Boas is keen to hang on to the 23-year-old, who has been in sensational form this season.

The Tottenham manager also took a swipe at the Croatian midfielder for meddling in Tottenham's affairs, insisting he should be more worried about Real Madrid's current poor form than the future of Bale.

"I think he should focus more on his club than ours," Villas-Boas told a press conference.

"He has to worry about (Real's) game against Atletico Madrid and about getting in to the quarter-finals of the Champions League

"Obviously Modric is aware of Gareth's performances because of his love for Tottenham and the fact that he is very connected with him and this football club, but it's completely impossible (for Bale to leave).

"We have to protect our assets regarding our objectives. We have to qualify for the Champions League so in order for that to happen we need players that can make the difference. We are not looking to sell."

Bale recently insisted he is happy at White Hart Lane and there is no suggestion that he will try to force his way out in the same way that Modric did.

Revered by the club's fans for his exquisite displays during the first two years at Spurs, Modric angered the supporters by pushing for a transfer to Chelsea before doing the same the following year when Madrid came calling.

Villas-Boas' team have the opportunity to move joint-third in the table on Saturday if they beat Fulham and both Chelsea and West Brom lose.

The Portuguese watched the sacking of his friend Roberto Di Matteo with great dismay, and has been a keen observer of events at Stamford Bridge since Rafael Benitez's highly unpopular appointment as interim manager.

Chelsea's fans have booed Benitez in both games since he took charge, but Villas-Boas reminded Blues supporters of what owner Roman Abramovich has brought to the club since he took over in 2003.

"He arrived at the club and changed its future," said Villas-Boas, who lasted less than nine months as Chelsea boss before Abramovich pulled the trigger.

"Back in 2003 when he bought the club, it was not an easy situation for Chelsea.

"In the end he has put so much up front and changed the fortune of the football club which now has three Premier Leagues, one Champions League and three FA Cups.

"The roll of honour is outstanding since Abramovich arrived so in the end it is very difficult to balance the situation.

"He is entitled to the changes whenever he wants. Sometimes he sets different patterns to what you expect, certainly with managers recently, but you can't argue that his tenure hasn't been successful."

The Spurs boss has Steven Caulker available for Saturday's game after he recovered from illness and he also reported that long-term injury absentees Scott Parker and Benoit Assou-Ekotto are expected to return to full training next week.

"They are extremely important for the club so that will be a big boost," Villas-Boas said.


Click here for completely free £10 bet with Sky Bet & £5 free every week


More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

M

aybe Hull charged the Liverpool fans more because their massive sense of entitlement takes up more room? Badum tish.

sailingmagpie
Everton team subsidise awayday

T

he John Carver Experiment sounds like the worst jazz fusion band of all time. Which is saying something.

sailingmagpie
The John Carver Experiment: The Next Episode

T

ime to play Liverpool players in their natural positions? I agree, but surely the subs' bench isn't big enough for all of them?

balls-to-monty
The John Carver Experiment: The Next Episode

Footer 365

Manchester United 0-1 West Brom: Robin van Persie penalty saved as Baggies shock United

Chris Brunt's deflected free kick gave West Brom a 1-0 win at Manchester United as Robin van Persie saw a penalty saved.

QPR defender Rio Ferdinand loses wife to cancer

Rio Ferdinand’s wife Rebecca has died following a short battle with cancer.

Arsene Wenger claims Jose Mourinho disrespected Arsenal with title taunt

Arsene Wenger feels Jose Mourinho was disrespectful for taunting Arsenal about their 10-year wait for the title.

Mail Box

Shouldn't We Give Players Time?

Do we really want to throw out the baby with the bathwater every single summer? We also have a Man United fan who wants massive investment. And more...

Liverpool: No Greater Than Aston Villa

It's fair to say that Raúl H. Garcia from the morning mailbox has got something of a kicking on Thursday afternoon. Oh and the Neviller is wrong for once...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company