Harry Redknapp has insisted that Gareth Bale is not for sale unless a major bid comes in.
The Welsh international has hinted that he would be open to a move abroad in the future, while Redknapp is looking to build his squad rather than sell.
Redknapp said in Spain: “We don’t want to sell him. If you are looking to build a club, you can’t be selling Gareth as then (Luka) Modric would want to go and then someone else would want to go. Then Tottenham would end up where they were four or five years ago, finishing halfway up the table each year. I had it at West Ham. We let Rio (Ferdinand) and Frank (Lampard) go and then the rest followed.
“Once you start selling one then I think it sends out the wrong signals. Manchester United sold [Cristiano] Ronaldo but they got an offer of Â£80million so in the end it was good business. But we wouldn’t want to sell a player like Gareth Bale at this time, when we’re trying to build the club. It would have to be that type of figure. I’m sure it would have to be an amazing figure if you ever sold him. But how do you replace a player like that? It’s very difficult.”
“If a player comes in and says that he wants to go, or the agent says that he wants to move, there is very little you can do about it, but I don’t see that happening,”
Redknapp added. “I think that he needs a few years playing at home. He is only a boy. He has plenty of time to do that later in his career.”
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