Former Tottenham football chief Damien Comolli has revealed Gareth Bale was offered as a makeweight in several deals in the past.

Bale is a contender for this season's Player of the Year.

Comolli told the Daily Express: "When he came to Tottenham, money was never mentioned. The only question was, 'Will I play? I want to play first-team football'.

"He had a tough spell with injury and that affected his confidence afterwards. There was a time when Tottenham tried to sell him by putting him into deals they were trying to do, but thankfully for them that didn't happen. Gareth has a strong mentality and his parents have ensured he has had a very good upbringing.

"You can tell he is enjoying his football so much. I know clubs will be looking at him, but I don't think he will leave."