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Harry Redknapp insists Gareth Bale will stay at Spurs

Gareth Bale in action against Everton
Gareth Bale has scored 17 goals in 106 games for Spurs

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp says he will not be selling midfielder Gareth Bale "at any price".

Media reports have linked Inter Milan with a £40m bid for the 21-year-old, while Spanish giants Real Madrid are also reported to be interested in Bale.

"It's up to the chairman but I'd be very surprised if we were interested in selling at any price," said Redknapp.

In addition, Inter technical director Marco Branca admitted that the Italians cannot match Spurs' valuation of Bale.

"The Tottenham president sent me a nice message saying that 40m euros was not much for Bale," said Branca.

"The truth is that Bale and Tottenham feel good together. And even in June that price will not be compatible with our approach."

Welsh international Bale, who signed in 2007 for a fee of £5m from Southampton, has been a star player in the Tottenham set-up but has battled with injuries.

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If Bale were to move to Inter Milan for the reported fee, he would be the most expensive British player in history, breaking the record set by Rio Ferdinand's £29m move from Leeds to Manchester United in 2002.

However, Redknapp said he wanted to keep hold of the "special players" in his team, who are looking to build upon this season's first appearance in the Champions League.

"You've got three or four players who can make a difference and he's one of those players," added Redknapp

"And, if you lose him, you can't replace him. Where are you going to replace him?

"When he gets the ball something happens, he can do something that no-one else can do. We can't afford to lose him."

Bale has previously publicly expressed his desire to stay at White Hart Lane, telling BBC Sport in November that "I want to keep playing at Tottenham and keep enjoying my football."

And in December, Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy said: "Gareth has got a long contract and I can assure you he will not be sold."

Tom Huddlestone's had a setback and it seems he's going to be out longer than we expected

Spurs boss Harry Redknapp

While Bale's long-term future is under scrutiny, Redknapp has short-term problems in the shape of an injury to key midfielder Tom Huddlestone, who has been battling with an ankle problem since November.

Redknapp is worried that he may need to leave Huddlestone out of the club's 25-man squad for the Premier League.

"Tom's had a setback and it seems he's going to be longer than we expected," Redknapp said.

"His ankle is sore. He tried to do a bit of running and is still a long way away.

"We will have to look at his situation with regard to the 25-man squad. I am hoping he'll be OK as he is important to us and is a fantastic player.

"We need him but we will have to make sure how it goes and discuss it with the medical people."



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