Andre Villas-Boas is supremely confident that Gareth Bale sill stay at the club, irrespective of Champions League football.

The Welsh ace has been linked with a summer departure if Spurs fail to qualify for Europe's top competition but manager Villas-Boas says that is simply not the case.

"The information that I have from the club, which was mistakenly written about last week, is that the player is here to remain, independent of the objectives of Champions League qualification being achieved or not," Villas-Boas told reporters.

"I would be extremely surprised [if he left]. In football anything can happen. It's impossible to predict, but this is the assurance I have had from the club.

"We understand that the more awards the more recognition the player will have, the more media attention, but the club has to move forward by holding onto its best players.

"With the recognition and the further experience that he has had from this year, next year for Tottenham he will be even more assertive."

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