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Villas-Boas: We can keep Bale

Andre Villas-Boas is confident Gareth Bale will stay at Tottenham Hotspur even though they have missed out on a place in the UEFA Champions League.

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There had been suggestions that Bale's future could depend on whether Spurs finished in the top four of the Premier League, after a dazzling season when he has reportedly captured the interest of several leading European sides.

He was again the star of the show on Sunday with a magnificent late goal which sealed a 1-0 victory over Sunderland, but Arsenal's win at Newcastle United left Spurs in fifth spot.

Villas-Boas is determined for Tottenham to push on next season and insists they will need all their key men to stay if they are to realise their ambitions.

Asked if it would now be harder to keep hold of Bale and Spurs' other top players, Villas-Boas told Sky Sports: "No, I don't think so. It has been an ongoing question. I think it is absolutely fine.

"We have to keep our ambitions high and hold on to the best players.

"The reference is there from the points tally to make it better for the future and to do that we need to hold on to our best assets.

"Today was another great moment of individual brilliance, although the squad in the second half was really, really strong and everyone was pushing for the winner."

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terling needs to be told though that upon entering the Arsenal squad he will re-enact the final scene from Highlander where he will be thrown around a warehouse by cartoon dragons and then be a mere mortal that will only ever spend three to four weeks a season playing football and the rest on the physio's bed. There can be only one.....player available at The Emirates.

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he game changed in our favour when Carrick came on. We were able to play further up the pitch due to having a player who can give and go with the ball and keep possession. Yet barkley made some runs and Townsend scored a good goal but carrick's inclusion and chiellini's withdrawal made the biggest difference to the flow of the game

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o, you've not silenced anyone Andros, i'm afraid. We know you can score a great goal, and it's really handy to have your direct running and willingness to shoot on the bench. But until you can do the other things expected of a winger (beat the man, put a decent cross in, stay wide etc) then you can't expect more than a regular cameo. Wonderful goal though, what a hit! No wonder Buffon wanted the shirt.

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