Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp has denied claims that he wanted to sell Gareth Bale when he was in charge of Tottenham Hotspur.
“Spurs actually told Harry Redknapp where to play Gareth Bale, because he wanted to get rid of him,” he told Newtalk, according to The Daily Mail.
“Data was showing Bale would be an outstanding left winger when they were playing him at left-back [because of his running and skill],”
Redknapp has now given his side of the story, claiming that he never wanted to sell Bale as he knew what the former Southampton star was capable of.
“I hear rumours that I’m supposed to have wanted to loan him out at one time, which was never true. Never ever did I think about loaning him or letting Gareth Bale leave Tottenham,” West London Sport quotes him as saying.
“I’d followed his career and always knew he was going to be one of the absolute top players – never in any doubt.
“Someone said Damien Comolli told me to play Gareth Bale on the left wing. I never worked with Damien Comolli – he wasn’t at the club when I went there, he’d left.
“When I went in, he was gone, so I never had any contact with him. I played Gareth on the left wing but I wasn’t the first one to do it. I saw him play on the left wing for [ex-Spurs boss] Martin Jol and he was fantastic.”
Bale left Tottenham for Real Madrid for a world-record fee in the summer of 2013, but it seems that he is still being talked about by two former personnel of the North London club.
Let bygones be bygones…