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Bale in contract talks with Spurs

ESPN staff
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Gareth Bale has been linked with moves to Real Madrid and Manchester United © PA Photos
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Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas has confirmed the club are in talks with Gareth Bale over a new contract.

Bale, 24, has been the subject of intense speculation with Real Madrid and Manchester United both keen on prising him away from White Hart Lane this summer after an outstanding season that saw him win both the PFA Players' Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year awards.

Madrid are reportedly ready to table an £85 million bid to take Bale to the Bernabeu, while United boss David Moyes is keen to kick-start his Old Trafford reign with a marquee signing as attempts to sign Cesc Fabregas from Barcelona continue.

Spanish newspaper Marca even reported earlier this week that Bale has told Spurs he wants to leave and agreed a six-year deal with Madrid.

However Villas-Boas is confident he can fend off interest from Madrid and United as he bids to break into the top four with Spurs missing out on Champions League qualification by a point last season.

"There were contacts last year between the club and his agent," Villas-Boas confirmed. "And there are still ongoing contacts between club and agent.

"The player renewed his contract last year by the beginning of the season, if you remember, and it's something that is being dealt with by the chairman and the agent.

"Talks are ongoing, but that doesn't mean there is an agreement.

"At the moment we are confident [Bale will re-sign]. The player is under contract, a good contract at Tottenham, which was done last year.

"It's something we are speaking about but we don't have any further developments.

Quizzed on whether Spurs had received any bids for Bale, Villas-Boas replied: "I'm not going to make any comments on that one."

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