Villas-Boas’ latest comments on Gareth Bale

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The Tottenham manager has confirmed that the Welsh attacker will miss the mid-week Europa League fixture, but is not guaranteed to leave the club.

Tottenham recorded a 1-0 away win over Crystal Palace on Sunday to get their season off to the best possible start, however one man was conspicuous by his absence.

Gareth Bale’s future is seemingly yet to be decided, as Real Madrid’s courtship of the PFA Player of the Year looks set to continue until the end of the transfer window.

Bale is currently carrying an ankle injury and will not be in contention to feature against Dinamo Tblisi on Thursday in Georgia.

With Spurs reluctant to sell, Andre Villas-Boas gave an insight into the situation currently with his latest comments.

"He is a player who has had a clearing session [a light training session] today,” the Portuguese trainer said.

“Hopefully if everything goes well the player will be involved and I can give you further news in the future.

"He is in our Europa League squad, but he is not available [for Thursday's game] because he is injured.”

When asked if Bale had played his last game for Tottenham, Villas Boas replied: "No. Not at the moment.”

One player that has been linked with a move to replace Bale at Spurs is Anzhi Makhachkala attacking midfielder Willian.

The Brazilian playmaker only moved to the Russian outfit from Shakhtar Donetsk in January but with his club looking to make financial cuts, he could well be available.

However, with Liverpool thought to be keen on the South American also, Villas-Boas has confirmed that no bid has been made for Willian.

“This is a player who I have spoken about in the past, not very long ago. He is a player who I appreciate. He belongs to them and I respect them so I wouldn't like to extend myself too much."

Asked whether Spurs had made a bid he replied: “No, no.”

With Steven Caulker’s sale to Cardiff, Spurs have only three recognsied out-and-out centre halves in their squad, and the north Londoners have been linked with a move for a new defensive player.

Villas-Boas has also stated that his side’s summer transfer business may not be over.

"We haven't finished," the 35-year-old said. "We have a very, very good squad. We have done most of our activity in the market, but we are looking further on that. There is a possibility [of new signings], yes."

It will be interesting to see what happens when Bale is fully fit again, as the speculation in the press over Madrid’s interest in the superstar seems to have died down slightly of late.

Passing up on Willian is great news for Liverpool, but Spurs will only need the Brazilian if Bale is sold, which at the minute there is no guarantee that he will be.

Finally, despite the significance of the Bale situation, it is also important that Spurs assess their defensive options before the window closes, as a new central defender at the club would ease injury and selection concerns.

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