Bale not for sale - Redknapp

BY foxsports • November 3, 2010

The 21-year-old is the man of the moment following an outstanding performance for Tottenham against Inter Milan in the Champions League on Tuesday night which saw his side earn a 3-1 victory. Indeed, the Serie A champions will no doubt be relieved to see the back of the Welshman after he netted a remarkable hat-trick in the reverse fixture. Bale's recent hot streak will have turned the heads of Europe's top clubs, with speculation mounting that big-money bids could some come flying in for the former Southampton youngster. However, Redknapp has reaffirmed the fact that he is not for sale and claims if Bale were to go, it would be for a lot more than £30million "They wouldn't buy him for that, that's for sure," he told Sky Sports. "If he had a value, if we wanted to sell him, his value would be way in excess of that sort of figure. "He really is an amazing young player. We wouldn't even entertain a bid. The chairman has said he's not for sale and that's good enough. "We don't want to sell him and we're looking to build a team at Tottenham. We're a club that's going places - we've got a new training ground coming, change of stadium, the whole thing is going forward. "Daniel (Levy) has said on many occasions we're not looking to sell our best players now. "We're looking to build a team and if you build a team you've got to hang onto the Gareth Bales of this world." Bale terrorised Inter right-back Maicon at White Hart Lane, having tormented him at the San Siro two weeks previously. Redknapp believes the Brazil international is an excellent player, but reckons he was "destroyed" on the night. "I think we saw in the first game he's playing against a right-back who, if you were picking your world XI before we played them, would have been it," he added. "He was voted European defender of the year last year and no disrespect to him, he's obviously a good player, but Gareth absolutely destroyed him. "To do that against someone as highly rated as Maicon just shows you what a performance he put in. "It must have been tough for him, I don't think he's ever suffered like that before. "There's not too many widemen around nowadays and maybe they (full-backs) don't get tested enough. As a right-back he was tested to the full in the last two games and proved that he is vulnerable defensively." On incoming transfer possibilities, Redknapp remarked: "It's difficult to bring players into that squad because there's so many good players there. "There are so many good players not getting into the team at the moment that deserve to play. People like Niko Kranjcar, Robbie Keane, (Roman) Pavlyuchenko, all these people. Jermaine Jenas started on the bench last night with Wilson Palacios. "If you're going to bring anybody they've got to be better than what you've got and unless they're top, top drawer, it's not a case of bringing average players in." Speaking after the game Bale said: "It was great. "It was special beating the European champions. It will be a night that will never be forgotten." Bale was simply unstoppable, providing assists for Spurs' second and third goals in their 3-1 win. Once again, Bale tormented the so-called best right-back in the world, with Maicon reduced to what appeared a quivering wreck by full-time. Long before then, Spurs fans were singing "Taxi for Maicon!" - something that did not go unnoticed by Bale and his team-mates. "A few of the lads were on about it after the match," said the 21-year-old Wales star, who admitted he had never known an atmosphere like it. He said of the supporters: "They were unbelievable. They acted as a 12th man. They have been fantastic all season and we capped it off for them tonight. It was a special night." Bale was as modest as ever about the form that has seen him become one of the most feared players on the planet. "I'm just trying to keep my feet on the ground, work hard in training and do well in games and enjoy my football," he said. "I'm happy at the moment." Bale revealed just how important his San Siro hat-trick had been for his and his team-mates' confidence after they went 4-0 and a man down two weeks ago. "We all had the belief that we could hurt Inter and we showed that," he said. "We were unlucky to go down to 10 in the San Siro. "With 11 men on the pitch, we know what we can do." Bale hoped Spurs' win, which moved them above Inter at the top of Group A, sent a statement out to the rest of Europe. "We know what we are capable of," he said. "We just have to produce it and we have. Hopefully, we will have shown people what we can do and hopefully we can go far in this competition now." Asked how far, he added: "I'm not too sure. We are just going to take it one step at a time and not get carried away. "We are going to carry on working hard and go as far as we can." Victory in their penultimate group game against Werder Bremen should be enough to seal Spurs' progress and would arguably make them favourites to top the group as well. "The most important thing is to get through," Bale said. "If we win the group, it will be a major bonus for us but we just want to keep working hard and get through to the knockout stages."


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