Andre Villas-Boas: 'We have to keep Gareth Bale'

Spurs' Gareth Bale slots the ball past Tim Krul of Newcastle on February 9, 2013
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Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas admits that losing Gareth Bale would be a "disaster" following another man-of-the-match performance from the Welsh winger.

Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas has admitted that losing Gareth Bale would be a "disaster" for his side.

Bale was instrumental for Spurs again this afternoon, scoring twice in his side's 2-1 win over Newcastle United to add to his impressive recent goal tally.

Some of Europe's top clubs are reportedly interested in the Welsh winger, but Villas-Boas compared any departure with Lionel Messi leaving Barcelona or Cristiano Ronaldo quitting Real Madrid.

"Obviously, we have spoken about that at length and are not going to go through it again," said Villas-Boas.

"Most teams have to hang on to their best players, Barcelona losing Messi would be a disaster, Real Madrid losing Ronaldo would be a disaster so this is exactly the same.

"Teams are dependent on great organisation and also great individuals when they are able to express their football to the maximum. There isn't a release clause in English football, it's very difficult to negotiate with Tottenham as you know and we are not willing to let our best assets go. We can't turn this into a debate every time a player does well"

Bale is currently enjoying his best goalscoring season ever, having found the target 19 times for club and country so far.

Spurs' Gareth Bale slots the ball past Tim Krul of Newcastle on February 9, 2013
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