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The former defender, who played over 600 times for Spurs, believes the attacker's current happiness at the club should ensure he remains at White Hart Lane "for a long time"

Ex-Tottenham star Gary Mabbutt believes current talisman Gareth Bale will stay at the club for the foreseeable future.

As Goal.com exclusively revealed, Spurs have placed a £70 million pricetag on Bale following enquiries by Manchester United during a season which has seen him named the Professional Footballers' Association Player and Young Player of the Year and Football Writers’ Association Player of the Year.

Bale is prepared to stay with Spurs if they qualify for the Champions League, but the club ambassador is sure the attacker will remain at White Hart Lane even if the club fail to do so.

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"Everyone asks about Gareth Bale and his future, but let's look at the facts," Mabbutt told reporters.

"Gareth is 23, he is on an incredible salary, he will probably get a new contract in the summer, he has got a beautiful girlfriend, he has a lovely six-month-old daughter.

Every time he plays football he has a smile on his face an he swept the honours board this season. You look at that and you think: 'is he happy?' I'd say he is."

Bale signed a new four-year deal with Tottenham last summer, and Mabbutt believes, as such, club chairman Daniel Levy - a notoriously tough negotiator - is in no rush to sell their star asset

He continued: "There is always speculation, but he signed a new four-year contract at the start of the season.

"All his comments on the stage at the FWA awards were about how much he is enjoying his football here. As far as I am concerned, he will be here for a long time."

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