Redknapp wrote in his book, 'Always Managing: My Autobiography by Harry Redknapp', which is being serialised in the Daily Mail: "There is some right old rubbish talked about Gareth Bale’s time with me at Tottenham.
"Was I ever going to sell Bale? No. Was I going to loan him? No. I’ve heard talk - everyone from Richard Keys to Alex McLeish - making it sound as if what happened to Bale’s career was a fluke and that I never fancied him.
"It’s true we had some work to do with him but he was one of the players I was most looking forward to working with when I went to Tottenham as manager. I really fancied my chances at getting the best out of him — he struck me as an exceptional talent: strong, quick, with a superb shot."
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