Tottenham Hotspur latest: Including Bale and Soldado updates

Gareth Bale

A round-up of news and views relating to Tottenham Hotspur over the past 24 hours.

Andre Villas-Boas has responded to reports in Spain that Real Madrid are still hoping to sign Gareth Bale this summer by saying the 24-year-old is not for sale.

"He's a Tottenham player, he's one of the most fantastic players in the world at the moment and we are counting on him for the future," said Villas-Boas.

"He's a player that we are willing to continue to have."

Earlier in the day Spanish newspaper Marca, which has close links with Real Madrid, said that Bale had agreed a six year deal with the club and told Spurs he wanted to leave this summer. Bale has given no public indication he would like to leave, and Spurs have so far insisted he would not be sold at any price.

Despite Franco Baldini being Valencia yesterday, and reports suggesting Spurs were close to agreeing a fee for striker Roberto Soldado, the Spanish club’s president Amadeo Salvo has said there is no deal done for the player yet. Valencia have stated they will not sell the 28-year-old for less than his €30million release clause, with Spurs so far apparently offering only €26million.

Tottenham’s new signing Nacer Chadli has joined up with the rest of the squad in Hong Kong, and trained with the team ahead of Wednesday’s Barclays Asia Trophy match against Sunderland. Spurs agreed a fee, believed to be around £6million, with FC Twente for the 23-year-old at the weekend.

Swindon Town have signed Spurs’ youngster Ryan Mason on a season long loan, with the 22-year-old becoming the fourth player to move between the two clubs this summer. Alex Pritchard, Massimo Luongo and Grant Hall have all already been sent on loan to the League One side.

Brazilian youngster Neilton has said he is focussing on his future with Santos amid reports that Spurs are interested in signing the 19-year-old. Santos are keen to extend Neilton’s contract at the club, with the forward becoming an important part of their side following Neymar’s move to Barcelona.

On HITC today we look at why Soldado might be the missing part of the jigsaw for Spurs, and ask which of Tottenham and Arsenal will be first to sign a big name striker this summer. We also look at how Bale could link up with Soldado should the Spanish striker sign, and whether Liverpool could bid for Benoit Assou-Ekotto this summer.

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