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Real Madrid star Bale urges Tottenham to stand by Villas-Boas

Real Madrid star Gareth Bale has jumped to the defence of underfire Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas.

Bale has branded the Portuguese boss a 'great manager' and believes the impressive example he set last year should serve as proof that he is more-than capable of inspiring his charges.

"He should be given time. He is a great manager - he showed that last year. He is a good enough manager to pull everybody through. Hopefully they can catch the others up."

Bale added: "I've been watching quite a lot of the games. We play so late so I've been able to see. They've been very unlucky in front of goal.

"Sometimes they've created a lot of chances - the most in the league - and haven't converted. On another day they'd score."

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