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Gareth Bale not for sale, says Tottenham boss Redknapp

Tottenham midfielder Gareth Bale
Bale scored his first hat-trick but ended up on the losing side

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has issued a hands-off warning to clubs eyeing Gareth Bale after his hat-trick in the 4-3 loss against Inter Milan.

Redknapp hailed Bale's performance as world class and said: "He's a player that we hope to build a team around.

"There's no way that we would or should contemplate selling him at the moment, certainly not in the near future.

"If Tottenham sell Gareth Bale now, it would send out the wrong signals about Spurs being a selling club."

Welsh international Bale, 21, who joined Spurs from Southampton in May 2007, said he has no desire to leave White Hart Lane.

"I am just happy playing week in, week out for Tottenham and learning my football here," he told the Evening Standard newspaper.

"I don't take any interest in what is written about me because I think it's best to keep your feet on the ground, go to training and learn and also learn in the games every week.

"Hopefully, there is still a lot more to come from me. I am still young and still learning and I want to keep getting better and better. That's all I want to do.

"The manager has given me the chance to play and I am grateful for that. He has given me the confidence and belief to go out there and express myself and that is the best thing a manager can do."

Inter were 4-0 up at half-time in Wednesday's Champions League encounter in Italy, with Spurs down to 10 men after goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes was sent off after only eight minutes for bringing down Jonathan Biabiany.


But winger Bale led the fightback, scoring in the 52nd, 90th and 91st minutes.

"It was a fantastic hat-trick from Gareth," said Redknapp. "He's as good a left-sided player as there is anywhere around, there aren't too many in the world better than him.

"Even in the first half, he gave [Inter full-back] Maicon a torrid time. Aaron Lennon did the same on other side. It gives us something to work on when Inter come to Spurs [on 2 November]."

Tottenham turned down an approach for Wales international Bale in the last transfer window - and Redknapp is determined to hang on to one of his key players.

"He signed a new contract at the club and, hopefully, he'll be here for a good few years to come," he stated.

"If Tottenham progress and become a Champions League team on a regular basis, he'll become a big part of the team."

Before Tottenham's superb comeback, Inter were in full control of the Group A match.

"We were bang in trouble at 4-0 down," added Redknapp, who was without the suspended Rafael van der Vaart following the Dutch midfielder's red card in the victory against FC Twente in September.

"We could have been sitting on the end of a seven, eight, nine-goal defeat with 10 men.

"I'd be a liar if I stood here and said I saw that comeback coming but we got at them at every opportunity."

Former Liverpool manager Benitez believes his side suffered after the break because they eased up.

"In the first half, we were playing really well," commented the Spaniard. "In the second half we were a little bit relaxed. We made too many mistakes. They played good counter-attack and we paid for this."

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