Ex-Tottenham boss Redknapp tells AVB: Everything depends on keeping Bale

Former Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp says his old club's fortunes rest on keeping Gareth Bale.

Former Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp says his old club's fortunes rest on keeping Gareth Bale.

Redknapp wrote in The Sun: "When I was manager at Spurs, I once gave Gareth Bale a few days off because he had endured a heavy workload.

"When he came back to the training ground he popped his head round my office door.

"I asked him ‘Been anywhere nice?’ He replied ‘I went home to see my family in Wales’.

"In these days of multi-millionaire footballers, I was quite surprised.

"Most would head straight for the airport and an expensive holiday at their villa somewhere exotic.

"But Gareth went home to Wales. Which kind of sums him and his situation up.

"There’s constant chatter about Barcelona and Real Madrid chasing him.

"Last week, Real Madrid’s Luka Modric, his old Spurs team-mate, said he would fit in nicely in Spain and that he ‘hopes he comes’.

"There are only two foreign destinations which would represent a step up for Gareth — the two Spanish giants. But he’s perfectly happy at Tottenham and I don’t think he should be in any rush to leave.

"He’s at a big club, he’s loved by the fans and the manager and, most importantly, he’s the best player in the best league in the world.

"I wouldn’t swap him for anyone in England right now. Would you?"

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