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Last Updated: Thursday, 18 January 2007, 15:45 GMT
Burley laughs off latest Bale bid
Gareth Bale
Defender Bale is Wales' youngest international player
Southampton manager George Burley claims a reported 8m bid for teenage sensation Gareth Bale would only be enough to buy one of his feet.

Saints confirmed they have rejected one bid, believed to be from Manchester United, for the 17-year-old Wales international full-back.

When asked about the rejected bid, Burley quipped: "Was that for his left foot or right foot.

"When I say he's staying until the summer, I hope people believe me."

Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool, Tottenham and even Real Madrid have been linked with the young defender.

But Burley is determined Bale will stay and help Saints promotion push.

The contract is going to be left until the summer by which time we'll know where we are

Saints boss George Burley

"There is no change in the situation. I spoke to his parents last week and they are very happy," said Burley.

"Gareth will certainly be here until the end of the season and hopefully a lot longer."

Saints offer of a one-year extension to his contract - the longest permitted at his age - remains unsigned and Burley is resigned to shelving talks until the summer.

Burley said: "In the summer, the club, Gareth and everyone will sit down and talk about it, but not before.

"At the moment, the contract is going to be left until the summer by which time we'll know where we are.

"We'll look at it at the end of the season just like any club would but he certainly won't be leaving at the moment."

Bale marked his debut as Wales' youngest international by setting up their late winner in the 2-1 victory against Trinidad and Tobago in May.

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