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Wednesday 13 December 2017

Bale's new contract gives 'progressing' Spurs a big boost

TOTTENHAM'S new manager will take charge of a squad including Gareth Bale after the Wales winger yesterday signed a new four-year contract.

Andre Villas-Boas, the former Chelsea boss, is favourite to replace Harry Redknapp, who departed White Hart Lane two weeks ago.

The Portuguese will welcome the chance to work with Bale, a player valued at £40million and coveted by Barcelona, Real Madrid and Manchester City among several other European heavyweight teams.

Despite Spurs' failure to qualify for next season's Champions League, the 22-year-old has decided to commit his future to White Hart Lane until 2016.

"The club is progressing and I want to be a part of that, so it was great to get the deal done," Bale said. "I've been here for five years now and I've enjoyed every minute," he said.

"The fans have been great to me and I'd love to re-pay them and do the very best for them.

"The club is progressing and I want to be a part of that, so it was great to get the deal done.

"I love the club and the fans and 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."

A pressing concern for Redknapp's successor will be resolving the future of Luke Modric, who has been strongly linked with a transfer to Real Madrid.

But the pain of losing Modric will be less acute now that Bale, a £7million signing from Southampton in 2007, has committed his future to Spurs.

Hopes of signing Jan Vertonghen are fading, however, due to a clause in the Belgium defender's contract with Ajax.



Agreed

Vertonghen is entitled to 15pc of the agreed £9.5million transfer deal under the terms of his deal with the Dutch champions.

Ajax have indicated their reluctance to honour the clause and while the 25-year-old still seeks a move to Tottenham, he is resigned to staying in Amsterdam.

"This is a shame. I thought that it would be sorted out much sooner," he said.

Completing a busy day at White Hart Lane was Vedran Corluka's transfer to Lokomotiv Moscow on a three-year deal, according to the Russian club.

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