Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has again stressed his desire to keep talented winger Gareth Bale at the club, after watching the Welshman grab a superb hat-trick in Spurs' 4-3 defeat to Inter Milan on Wednesday.
Despite Bale only signing a new four-year contract in May, Redknapp has been forced to consistently ward off speculation about the player's future, as he continues to turn in eye-catching performances in both the Premier League and Champions League.
And having witnessed another virtuoso display at the San Siro, Redknapp was once again full of praise for Bale, before reiterating his intention to keep him at White Hart Lane.
"He's an amazing young player," Redknapp said. "He plays left-back, he plays wide left, he scores goals, he can run all day. Even first half, he gave the right-back a torrid time, I felt. The right-back's one of the best right-backs in the world, possibly.
"Tottenham is a club that is looking to progress, not to sell its best players. If Tottenham sell Gareth Bale now, it would send out the wrong signals; it would be a club that would be a selling club. He's a player that we hope to build a team around. He signed a new contract at the club and, hopefully, he'll be here for a good few years to come.
"If Tottenham progress and become a Champions League team on a regular basis, he'll become a big part of the team. You couldn't meet as nice a boy. I think he's happy where he is and he's developing as a player. A year ago, he's nowhere near that player that we see now.
"This is where he belongs and this is where he'll progress. There's no way that the club would or should contemplate ever selling him at the moment, certainly not in the near future. We should be looking to improve the team, not sell when we get an offer for one of our very, very best players.
"At half-time, we'd have all gone home at 4-0 for sure. You could just see more damage coming second half. It was like your worst nightmare. Second half, we stayed with two wide men, stayed with one up front and Gareth Bale turned in an amazing second-half performance.''