White Hart Lane

Next Game

Tottenham v Schalke

Saturday, 09 August 2014, 17:30

Friendly Match

Last Game

Chicago 0 - 2 Tottenham

Sunday, 27 July 2014, 01:00

Friendly Match

Defoe: Spurs must keep Bale

Jermain Defoe has outlined the importance of keeping the likes of Gareth Bale if Tottenham Hotspur are to qualify for the UEFA Champions League next season.

Last Updated: 09/07/13 at 09:17 Post Comment

Jermain Defoe: Wants Gareth Bale to stay at Tottenham

Jermain Defoe: Wants Gareth Bale to stay at Tottenham

Bale capped a stunning last campaign by picking up the three major individual accolades, but Spurs missed out on a top-four finish.

He has been strongly linked with a move to Real Madrid, although the Spanish club's president Florentino Perez confirmed earlier on Monday that he has not made a bid for the Wales international.

And Spurs striker Defoe has stated that it would not make sense for the club to cash in on any key players if they want to return to the Champions League.

"It's important to keep your best players and it doesn't make any sense selling your best players," Defoe told Sky Sports News.

"On a personal note, it's difficult to say much about it. Gaz had a fantastic year last year and the Premier League is one of the best leagues in the world.

"What he did last year was outstanding and if you do that you're going to have other clubs after you.

"For me, I want us to keep all of our best players as I want to play with top players. We want to get in the Champions League and we need to keep our top players."

Spurs confirmed the signing of Paulinho over the weekend and Defoe believes the Brazilian midfielder can help the club to fulfil their objectives.

He added: "The chairman always does his homework and wants us to get to that next step.

"The manager was watching him for a while and it's about improving the squad and improving the team, and he will certainly do that.

"I hope by doing that we can make that extra jump and get into the Champions League."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

H

e made his power play to try and get Sheikhy to raise his wages or trade him to PSG. PSG were probably not interested and he is stuck with no cake and no vacation. @Jay_D> Surely you jest about FFP being real, right? All Platini is doing is making billionaries pay measly fines, so he and his cronies can get rich. If a fool can pay 50 mil for David Luiz, he will happily pay some fine to UEFA. FFP has failed as for it to succeed UEFA had to take it...

Synergy
Toure: I am staying with City

G

uess we can expect Toure's explanation of his behaviour around the same time Pete Townshend publishes his book then.

ceeps
Toure: I am staying with City

D

amn you Yaya, don't scare me like that! I only ate the icing. I didn't eat the soft and scrumptious middle - I will buy you another cake!

MCFC87
Toure: I am staying with City

Footer 365

Premier League: Raheem Sterling earns Liverpool 1-0 pre-season win over Olympiakos

Raheem Sterling scored a lone early goal as Liverpool claimed a 1-0 pre-season win over Olympiakos.

Premier League: Liverpool have signed Dejan Lovren from Southampton

Liverpool have completed the signing of Croatian centre-back Dejan Lovren from Southampton

Premier League: Belgium defender Jan Vertonghen set to remain at Tottenham

Jan Vertonghen says he wants to remain at Spurs and has confirmed he has been offered a new contract to stay at the club

Mail Box

Are Pre-Season Tours Really A Problem?

Are pre-season tours really a problem? Liverpool went to Australia last summer and it didn't prevent them from having a good season. Plus, thoughts on LvG and keepers...

It Isn't Easy Supporting Spurs, You Know

We have a long mail about the travails of supporting Spurs, plus Friday thoughts on Marko Marin, marketing, victory v beauty, travelling and vanishing sprays...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property