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Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas remains confident that Gareth Bale won’t leave White Hart Lane in the summer.

The 23-year-old Welsh winger put in a man of the match performance yesterday, scoring both of Spurs’ goals in a 2-1 victory over Newcastle United to keep their Champions League pursuit going strong. His scintillating performance in a free forward role was simply breathtaking, and having notched up 15 goals this season, the world’s biggest and richest clubs such as Chelsea and Real Madrid are being more and more linked with a move for the player.

Villas-Boas however was keen to stress in the post-match interview with Sky Sports yesterday that losing Bale would be like Messi leaving Barcelona;

“Obviously, we have spoken about that at length and are not going to go through it again,” said the Portuguese. “Most teams have to hang on to their best players, Barcelona losing Messi would be a disaster, Real Madrid losing Ronaldo would be a disaster so this is exactly the same.

“Teams are dependent on great organisation and also great individuals when they are able to express their football to the maximum.

“There isn’t a release clause in English football, it’s very difficult to negotiate with Tottenham as you know and we are not willing to let our best assets go. We can’t turn this into a debate every time a player does well.”

Spurs’ victory over The Magpies yesterday have left Andre Villas-Boas’ men unbeaten in the last ten games and pushing European Champions Chelsea hard for third place.

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This article was first posted on February 10, 2013