My tribe

Redknapp not about to make old mistake by letting Bale leave Tottenham

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp says he will not make the same mistake he made in the past regarding promising youngsters.

21-year old winger Gareth Bale has become the subject of some transfer debate in recent weeks but Redknapp has made it clear that he is not about to offload the Welshman like he did with some players back in his West Ham United days.

"Once you start selling one, it sends out the wrong signals. Manchester United sold Ronaldo but they got an offer of £80m so in the end it was good business. But we wouldn't want to sell a player like Gareth Bale at this time, when we're trying to build the club," Redknapp said.

"It would have to be that type of figure. It would be an amazing figure if you ever sold him. But how do you replace a player like that? Once you start selling off your prized assets - I had it at West Ham.

"We let Rio Ferdinand and Frank Lampard go and then Joe Cole and the rest followed. If you are looking to build a club, you can't be selling Gareth as then Luka Modric wants to go and someone else wants to go. Then you end up where Tottenham were for four or five years, finishing half way up the table each season."

 Click here for the No1 coverage of all the gossip and transfer news around Tottenham.

Andrew Slevison
About the author

Andrew Slevison

Have your say
  • Add your favourite leagues and clubs
  • Build your own personal news stream
  • Easily share your favourite stories
  • Connect with what your friends are saying

Select your favourite
leagues and clubs
to get started.

Already part of MyTribe?