Speculation might be rife about the future of his team mate, but Tottenham defender Michael Dawson believes that his colleague and star player, Gareth Bale, will still be a Spurs player come the start of the new season and beyond.
Despite no former offer being in for the Welsh international player, it is still believed that Manchester United and Real Madrid could still table bids for the player who has not publicly expressed any desire to leave the club, but who could depart if the price is right.
Dawson told Sky Sports News: “All you can do is concentrate individually as a team.
“Gaz is a Tottenham player and the manager has come out and said he’s staying, and that’s great news.
“To do what Gaz did last year was sensational, with some of the goals he scored and the points he won for us. He helped us to get to 72 points and I’m sure he’ll be doing that again next year.
“Gaz is a great lad, he keeps his head down and the way he has been playing, he is going to have speculation. His performances in recent years have been brilliant and that’s what happens.
“He’ll concentrate and do what he does for Tottenham, and hopefully keep scoring goals.
Having secured Brazilian international Paulinho from Corinthians, Andre Villas Boas would be delighted if he could hang on to the clubs star player as they seek to build on last seasons fifth place position where they narrowly missed out on a Champions League spot.
One player who does appear to be close to leaving White Hart Lane is England international Scott Parker. West Ham United are believed to be interested in bringing the ex-Chelsea midfielder to Upton Park.
Valenica’s Robert Soldado could be coming the other way. Villa Boas will be surprised at Chrstian Benteke having decided to sign an improved contract and remain at Aston Villa so it could well be that he will focus on bringing the Spaniard to London.
However he may well have to act quickly as Liverpool are also believed to be keen on the player, especially if Luis Suarez does exit Anfield over the summer.
Villas Boas though ultimately would see Gareth Bale staying at White Hart Lane as a huge boost and if the London side did hold on to the player and secure Champions League football next season as well as a good run in the league, this could lead to Bale making Spurs his permanent home. However there will be a lot of suitors to fend off before that can happen.