Bale hints at Tottenham stay
Gareth Bale has given his broadest hint yet that he is willing to stay at Tottenham for another season, after stating he is ready to "regroup and give it another go" at the north London club.
The failure of Andre Villas-Boas's Spurs side to claim a top-four finish in the Premier League and secure a Champions League return next season has fuelled speculation that the 23-year-old may decide the time is right for him to move on.
Spanish giants Real Madrid are believed to be preparing a huge offer to lure PFA and Football Writers' Player of the Year Bale away from Tottenham, yet the Welshman is giving off all the signs to suggest he will stay for one more season at least.
Talks over a bumper new contract for Bale - which is likely to incorporate a buy-out clause - are believed to be at an advanced stage and the man at the centre of the storm seems to be looking forward to next season at Tottenham rather than eyeing up a move.
"It’s disappointing, but we will pick ourselves up again," Bale said after picking up the club’s Player of the Year award. "We will just have to regroup and give it another go. We fought hard this season, the team and the manager have been great.
"We have got the record points for the club in the Premier League. That would normally be enough to qualify for the Champions League, but it’s not meant to be again. To play the way we have also but to miss out on our objective is very disappointing."
Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is reported to have held meetings with the club’s reclusive owner Joe Lewis this week, with the topic of Bale’s future and his possible new contract believed to have been high on the agenda.
Manchester United are also reported to be eyeing up a possible cash-plus-player swap deal for Bale, but Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is unlikely to sell his star asset to an English rival, as he follows a policy that saw him reject huge Chelsea bids for Croatian midfielder Luka Modric in the summer of 2011.