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Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp insists indispensible Gareth Bale will not be leaving for Inter

Harry Redknapp has ruled out the sale of Gareth Bale to Inter – regardless of the amount offered by the Italian side.
The left winger has been an influential figure at White Hart Lane and has attracted the interest of a number of European clubs.

But the Tottenham manager has reiterated his desire to keep the Welsh international at the club and insists selling the 21-year-old would dent his side’s progress.

"You have special players in your team and if you're going to be a top team you've got to keep your top players," said Redknapp.

"We can't go selling Gareth Bale, in all honesty. You've got three or four players who can make the difference and he's one of those players.

“If you lose him, how are you going to replace him?

“When he gets the ball, he can do something that no one else can do. You can't afford to lose him and if you sell him the moment you sell him it sends out the wrong signals.

"If we're going to be a big club, we're not going to sell Gareth Bale. We won't be selling Gareth Bale in the summer, I'm pretty certain of that. It's up to the chairman at the end of the day, but I'd be very surprised if we'd be interested in selling him at any price."

Redknapp has revealed his hunt for a new forward has been stunted by inordinate wage demands and the Spurs boss believes the gate revenue at White Hart Lane could be restricting the club from making world-class signings.

"The strikers we've looked at in this window, they keep coming back and saying, 'No, he's on £125,000, £130,000 a week,'" said Redknapp.

"That's not possible for us. We can't. We just go, 'That's the end of that one.' We don't pay those wages and we're not going to pay them. The chairman runs the club as it should be run, he's not putting the club in hock, and we're still very successful.

“It's not a problem. I'm not criticising us for not doing it. All I'm saying is we're very close. If we had a 60,000-seat stadium then maybe we could go that extra bit, but it's very difficult."

Redknapp has compared any potential sale of Bale to his time at West Ham, and in particular, the departure of Rio Ferdinand to Leeds United.

"When I was at West Ham they sold Rio Ferdinand and that was the beginning of the end. Once you start selling the best young players you're no longer building a team, you're dismantling a team.,” said Redknapp.

“We won't be doing that here. The chairman is ambitious and so are the owners. We're not going to sell Gareth Bale."

Tottenham face Fulham on Sunday in their FA Cup fourth-round tie but will be without Bale, Wilson Palacios and Tom Huddlestone, who are all sidelined.

"We want to go there and get through if we can, for sure," said Redknapp.

"I will field my best available team. It is a big game. We want to get through and we'll give it our best shot."

Redknapp confirmed Robbie Keane, who has been linked with a move away from the club during the transfer window, will not be left out of the squad for as long as the striker stays with the side.

"I'm not in a desperate rush to get rid of Robbie," said Redknapp.

"I think he's a good player, and he would make the 25-man Premier League squad. I've got too much respect for Robbie Keane as a player and as a person to leave him out. If he's here, he's in the squad."

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