News, views and rumours relating to Tottenham Hotspur this weekend.
Bale insisted that ‘every game is [like] a cup final’ as Spurs fight it out with the Blues and North London rivals Arsenal for Champions League qualification this term.
"[The match against Chelsea] is a massive game, but every game is massive. Every game is a cup final now so we have to prepare, be confident and give everything," the Welshman told reporters.
"We knew we had to win, we know it will go down to the last few games but we have set Wednesday up. We have three cup finals."
Meanwhile, Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas praised Southampton’s youth academy – Bale began his development with the Saints before his move to Tottenham in 2007.
"It is a great school of development," said the boss.
"Southampton falls into the same category as Sporting Lisbon, like Barcelona, which is to nurture."
“Obviously Gareth Bale is in incredible form,” said Villas-Boas.
“In the end most of the teams that are at the top of the league have players who are decisive. It’s not only us.”
“The fact that we are enjoying Gareth’s form is excellent for the team but, in the end, the team produces [chances] for him,” he added.
Bale himself described the win against his former club as ‘massive’:
“It was a tough game. They played well in the first half especially and made it difficult for us.”
“The team worked so hard and as I said, I was lucky enough to get the winner,” he added.
“It’s a massive win and keeps our hopes alive.”
In transfer news, The Daily Mail reports that Tottenham are ‘keen’ to sell Emmanuel Adebayor this summer.
The reports claims that the club are hoping to offload the ‘misfiring striker’s’ £100,000 a week wages off their bill at the end of the season.
Meanwhile, Villas-Boas has insisted Gareth Bale will stay at Tottenham next season, amid speculation over the Welshman’s future plans.
“I would be extremely surprised [if Bale left] because this is the assurance I have," the manager said.
However, former Spurs striker Paul Walsh has commented on Bale’s future, asserting his belief that the club should ‘consider’ selling Bale this summer to re-invest in the squad and bring in new players.
“I don’t think it’s the end of the world because they could really strengthen the side with three fantastic new players,” he stated.
In other news, Benoit Assou-Ekotto has hit back at claims he is a ‘mercenary’ and has pledged his career to Spurs.
“I have seen quite a few Spurs players kiss the badge and then f*** off. I am still here," he explained.
Meanwhile, Jan Vertonghen revealed his delight at former club Ajax winning the Eredivisie title, along with Spurs’ win on Saturday.
“Big 3 points yesterday! Thx for the support! Now waiting for Ajax to become champion today! #beautifulday” he wrote on Twitter.
Elsewhere, Tottenham youngster Souleymane Coulibaly finally scored for the first time since his loan switch to Italian Serie B side Grosseto.
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