REAL MADRID | BALE
Villas-Boas: "We are counting on Bale for the future"
The Tottenham coach insisted that the Welshman is going nowhere, and confirmed he was interested in signing Spain striker Roberto Soldado from Valencia.
Tottenham coach André Villas-Boas has again swatted away speculation that Gareth Bale is on his way to Real Madrid.
The Portuguese coach has remained adamant throughout the summer that his club’s most prized asset is going nowhere.
Speaking at a press conference before the Asia Trophy in Hong Kong, Villas-Boas said:
“On Gareth I want to repeat what I was telling you last season and what I was telling you from the beginning of pre-season so I cannot extend myself.
"He's a player that we are willing to continue to have, he's a Tottenham player, he's one of the most fantastic players in the world and we are counting on him for the future.”
Tottenham will compete against fellow Premier League sides Sunderland and Manchester City in the tournament, as well as Hong Kong side South China.
Bale will not feature in the opening game against Paulo Di Canio’s side on Wednesday due to injury, but could return for the final or 3rd place play off, against City or South China.
"Unfortunately against Sunderland he won't be fit to play, he's recovering from a knock he had in training so we expect him hopefully to have some involvement in the second game."
Villas-Boas also confirmed his side’s interest in Valencia striker Roberto Soldado, who is reportedly on the verge of a move to White Hart Lane for around 30 million euros.
“Soldado is one of the players we are interested in,” he said.