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Sherwood: Spurs would be title contenders if Bale not sold

Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood feels they'd be title challengers if Gareth Bale had not been sold to Real Madrid. Bale scored a sensational solo goal in the 85th minute of Wednesday's final to claim the first trophy of his career and hand Real the Cop del Rey.

"That is business as usual for Gareth Bale," Sherwood said.

"We saw what he did last year: 21 goals and nine assists. He scored the winner in eight games."

Sherwood believes his side could have challenged for the league crown if Bale had stayed put.

"We could do with that now, by the way. If you put those points that he accumulated for us on top of what we have got we would probably be challenging for the title.

"The two best players on the pitch last night (in the Copa del Rey final) were Gareth Bale and Luka Modric and that says everything."

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