“It would have scared me to death to have sold him”

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Spurs boss Harry Redknapp admits that he is glad that he did not sell Gareth Bale.

The Welshman has been in superb form since returning to the Tottenham Hotspur side in January after previously failing to make an impact under Harry Redknapp.

Manchester City were interested in Bale, while Mark Hughes was still in charge at Eastlands and Jose Mourinho’s Inter Milan were keen to take the left-sided player on loan.

It would have scared me to death to have sold him,’ admitted Redknapp after watching Bale add Chelsea’s scalp to that of Arsenal.

‘I knew what he had. It was just a case of him growing up a little bit, getting a bit stronger, and he’s done that.’

‘Gareth got so much hype at Southampton,’ added Redknapp.

‘He came here and it was difficult. To have gone 23 or 24 games without being on a winning team, that’s not easy to have hanging around your neck. ‘He’s growing up fast and he’s got everything, really. He’s a 6ft 1in left winger who can score goals, head the ball and cross the ball like he does. He also has the ability to run all day.’

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  1. At the beginning of the season all my blogs where defending Bale Lennon Huddlestone from some of our fans telling Harry to sell them . These where some of my Comments Firstly Bale i wrote about him he would be a great player when is ankle operations had fully healed fans forget your ankles are the foundation and take the longest time to recover from he will need to watch out for the dirty brigade . Huddlestone is another who had a knee operation and these also take time to heal Big Tom is 6ft3 and at one time he had ballooned to 16 stone mainly through being on the bench at times under Jol and Ramos .. The comments coming from and still are about is speed make me laugh if Tom was fast he would not have developed is passing skills that make him a game breaker and a safe cracker someone who can unlock a tight defence with a killer pass he is also carrying a bad ankle from the Everton game i stated if Cappelow takes him to the world cup we would win it he will improve even more when he goes for accuracy instead of power in his shooting and if like Rooney he works on is heading will score more goals. Lennon the most fouled player in our league and know feeling the affects of it our fans and the media where constantly moaning about is end product yet he had two operations so early in his career i knew when is knee was fully healed is crossing would come good and is scoring would improve and this has happened in abundance but we are back to where we started from so be patience and fingers crossed we will have the most exciting players we have witnessed since the great days. And the younger ones are waiting to follow Mason Caulker Townsend Bostock Kane Rose Parrot Livermore Walker Naughton Santos Dosantos Taarabt could give us and Harry a big selection headache very week . The futures bright the futures Lilly white

  2. Back then, people we grouping Bale with Pav, Jenas, Hutton, Keane and Bentley to be sold – because Levy said no spending without selling. I always separated Bale because I still had hope in Bale. In his first few games for us, he scored against Liverpool and Arsenal! There are several players who go their whole careers without being good enough to score against them. As for Hudd, there are so many anit-hudd fans out there, criticising this and that – and saying that we should sell him. Well, I was listening to the Villa game at 1-1, and the commentators went through the Villa bench trying to find something different that they could bring on. There wasn't any – Reo Coker, Sidwell – all like for like. With Hudd, you have something different – he is like no one else. You MUST hold on to people like that. With Modders, Lennon, Bale, Hudd – you have players capable of pulling off the unpredictable. Combine that with players who can provide a solid, dependable performance – Gomes, Dawson, King, Woodgate, Palacios, Corluka. Then we require the others (mainly the strikers) to do the rest. By the way, no one has mentioned that we have finally scored a PENALTY! (Esp from Defoe!!)

    • Yeah, nice to see us finally score a penalty!

      That said, the forwards have to get their shooting boots on. We've been pretty wasteful up front in recent games and goal difference could still prove vital!

      Davspurs…fair play to you, you were always behind the youngsters.

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