Bale set for Spurs stay as talks continue over Vertonghen

Tottenham Hotspur have been handed a double boost after Gareth Bale decided to remain at the club for another year while negotiations with Ajax of Jan Vertonghen have hit a barrier the Mirror reports

With Spurs looking set to lose Luka Modric to Real Madrid in the coming transfer window Bale’s admission that he is happy at White Hart Lane will raise the spirits of Daniel Levy who faces a defining summer in North London.

Barcelona and Premier League champions Manchester City have watched the 22-year-old several times over the past 12-months and looked set to make a bid after declaring he would think about leaving Tottenham after they missed out on a place in the Champions League.

It’s thought the Wales international wants to help take the North London club back into Europe’s elite competition next season with the sacking of Harry Redknapp or imminent departure of Modric affecting his decision.

A source close to Bale said: “Gareth believes Tottenham were unlucky not to get into the Champions League after finishing fourth and is happy to stay at the club for now.

“The chairman obviously has plans that did not involve Harry Redknapp and Gareth wants to find out what those are.”

Spurs are also hopeful of completing the signing of Belgian international Vertonghen as they continue to hold talks with Ajax after reports in Holland claimed the deal had hit a snag.

An agreement between player and club over a percentage of the transfer fee is reported to be the cause of the hold up with the Dutch champions unwilling to pay despite financial director Jeroen Slop’s desire to see the transfer completed without fuss.

“We all hoped for a rapid agreement between Tottenham Hotspur and Ajax and Spurs and Jan Vertonghen,” he told De Telegraaf.

“It’s in its final stage, but in our opinion there is still no concrete news.”