Premier League - Redknapp: We won't sell Bale

Thu, 21 Oct 09:31:00 2010

Tottenham Hotspur's Gareth Bale cemented his place as one of Europe's most sought-after players with a blistering hat-trick in the 4-3 defeat at Inter Milan but Harry Redknapp said the left winger was going nowhere.

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Holders Inter were 4-0 up at half-time in the Champions League Group A game at the San Siro before Bale's treble after the break sent the away fans home with a modicum of cheer.

"Really Tottenham is a club wanting to progress, if Tottenham sold Gareth Bale now it would send the wrong signals," manager Redknapp said.

"There's no way the club should or would consider selling him in the near future. We should be looking to improve the team not sell one of our very best players."

Inter coach Rafael Benitez dodged a question about whether he would be interested in Bale given the holders' threadbare forward line, with club president Massimo Moratti also saying he was not thinking about Manchester United's Wayne Rooney.

Champions League debutants Spurs know they have hot property on their hands and hope Welshman Bale can get even better.

"He is an amazing young player. He scores goals, he can run all day. Even first half he gave the right back (Maicon) a torrid time and the right back is one of the best in the world probably," Redknapp added.

"That was encouraging and it gives us something to work on when they come to White Hart Lane (on November 2)."

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Redknapp also said he had too many midfielders to be interested in Inter Milan's Sulley Muntari, who he had at Portsmouth but has been little-used by Benitez this term.

Reuters

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