Villas-Boas confident of keeping Bale

The Tottenham boss concedes he is unsure whether the 23-year-old is on the verge of signing a new deal with the club but insists they are determined to keep him
Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas has reiterated that the club are confident they can keep Gareth Bale at White Hart Lane this summer.

Bale has attracted the interest of a host of top European sides with his displays this season, with Real Madrid and Manchester United among his most pre-eminent suitors.

The Wales star, who has scooped the PFA Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year awards this term, has played an influential role in Tottenham's challenge for a top-four place having scored 20 Premier League goals this season, and his boss is confident he will remain at White Hart Lane this summer.

"I'm not sure [about whether Bale is close to signing a new deal], our interest is for the player to continue here and I've made that very clear," Villas-Boas told reporters.

"Whatever is happening, the idea is for the player to be here next season.

"I have said this numerous times. We are pretty confident we will be able to keep him."