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Bale signs new four-year Spurs deal

27th June 2012

• Talks ongoing with André Vilas-Boas
• Vedran Corluka heads for Lokomotiv Moscow

Tottenham Hotspur have received a major fillip as the much-coveted Gareth Bale has signed a four-year contract at White Hart Lane and vowed to help take the club back into the Champions League.

Spurs are still searching for a manager following the sacking of Harry Redknapp, with talks due to resume on Thursday with André Villas-Boas, the former Chelsea head coach who is considered favourite to secure the position. The Portuguese has made a favourable impression on the Tottenham hierarchy and is keen to return to the Premier League after his spell at Stamford Bridge was curtailed in March.

However, Tottenham have made it clear they intend to speak with a few candidates and another contender for the role, Laurent Blanc, is expected to become available on Thursday. The France manager is due to meet Noël le Graët, the president of the French Football Federation, and confirm his intention to depart the post following Les Bleus’ disappointing showing at Euro 2012. Regardless, no decision is anticipated on an appointment until next week at the earliest.

Villas-Boas would still appear to be likelier to take over at the north London club, with Tottenham’s plans for the new season gathering pace regardless. The £8m transfer of the Hoffenheim midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson is nearing completion, the player to disappoint Swansea City and Liverpool by moving to the capital, with Vedran Corluka having been sold to Lokomotiv Moscow for a reported £6m. Luka Modric is expected to follow his compatriot away from the club, most likely to Real Madrid, leaving the new manager needing to reshape and strengthen the squad.

The retention of Bale, who has attracted interest from Barcelona, Real and Internazionale, will serve as a statement of Spurs’ intent, with the Wales international committed to the club until 2016 despite the lack of Champions League football next term. “The club is progressing and I want to be a part of that, so it was great to get the deal done,” said Bale. “I’ve been here for five years now and I’ve enjoyed every minute. I want to play my part in trying to get us back into the Champions League, where we belong. We have a good, young squad and we need to work together to get back on the biggest stage.”

The Ajax defender Jan Vertonghen’s proposed move to Spurs is in danger of being scuppered due to a clause in the Belgium defender’s contract at the Dutch club. The 25-year-old is entitled to 15% of the agreed £9.5m transfer under the terms of his deal with the Dutch champions, only for Ajax to indicate a reluctance to honour the agreement. “As it looks now, I’ll be at Ajax on 2 July,” said Vertonghen. “I’m hoping for a solution, but I’m not expecting a solution.”


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