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Gareth Bale will not leave Tottenham - Harry Redknapp

Gareth Bale in action for Spurs
Bale has made 19 appearances for Spurs this season

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp insists winger Gareth Bale will not be leaving White Hart Lane in the summer.

The Wales international has become an integral figure as Spurs push for a Champions League place, scoring in the victories over Arsenal and Chelsea.

And reports have linked the 20-year-old with a move to Manchester United.

But Redknapp said: "We're looking to build a team here. We wouldn't be looking to sell players like him. He's the future of the football club."

The versatile left-sided player joined Spurs as a 17-year-old in 2007 from Southampton for a fee worth up to £10m.

However, a succession of injuries - including a broken foot and a knee problem - have stalled Bale's progress in north London, while Redknapp preferred Benoit Assou-Ekotto at left-back in the first half of this season.

But an injury to the Cameroon international defender has given Bale the opportunity to shine, with Redknapp rewarding his performances a more advanced attacking role on the left once Assou-Ekotto returned to fitness.

And Bale's goals in both London derbies have given Spurs a crucial advantage over Manchester City in the race for fourth spot in the Premier League.

"I don't make those decisions but I know the chairman would not want to be selling him," added Redknapp.

"His game has gone up so many levels this season. He's got stronger, he's a fantastic athlete, great ability. He can do everything.

"He's got the ability to run all day. He's grown up. He's still only a boy, but physically he has got stronger this last year and he's looking as good as any left-sided player in the country.

"The ability to run like he does is amazing. He runs 60 yards, recovers, runs 60 yards again, recovers, runs 60 yards, he just doesn't stop.


"When you are playing against him it must be very difficult because he just keeps going at you and going at you. Eventually, unless you are very fit, you are not going to run with him for 90 minutes."

Spurs have a two-point lead over City but Redknapp concedes Roberto Mancini's team, who play Arsenal on Saturday, have the advantage with four games remaining in the season.

"Six points might be enough, it may not be. We have four tough games to come," said the former Portsmouth boss.

"It's going to be close. It's a great end to the season. It's good to be involved trying to get into the Champions League, it's fantastic.

"We've played good football and been a good side all season. Some of our play has been brilliant and anyone coming to Tottenham this season has had their money's worth. Let's hope we can continue that in the last four games."

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Tottenham complete Bale transfer
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