Redknapp: We don’t want to sell Bale


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 £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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  1. Getting Gareth to sign a contract extension was good buisness by DL, it may put likely suitors off for a couple of years while increasing his sale value. Unfortunately Gareth will not realise his full potential with Spurs or Wales and would be ideally suited to the Spanish or Italian climate, the lad though only 21 has and will most likely suffer further back problems, keen as he is appearances should be limited to 20-25 full games a season with approx 15 more as substitute, an astute manager could maximise this to benefit the team. Over-use will ruin his talent by the time he is 25 (esp the rigours of the EPL). If you had a thoroughbred racehorse you would not run it every week at mickey mouse meetings, it would be kept for the Blue Riband events (where the money`s at). He is magic to watch but we can`t hold him back, if we get another 2 years and the right transfer fee (away from the EPL)we will have been blessed.


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