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Bale urges Redknapp to stay


Gareth Bale

Gareth Bale

Gareth Bale

Gareth Bale has pleaded with Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp to stay at White Hart Lane amid reported interest from Chelsea.

The Blues are looking for a new manager after sacking Carlo Ancelotti following their trophyless season and Redknapp saw the odds of him taking the job slashed to evens on Thursday after a bookmaker reported a surge in betting for the 64-year-old.

Bale, who has been Tottenham's star this season with a number of excellent displays, credits Redknapp with bringing stability to White Hart Lane following the exit of Martin Jol and the failed reign of Juande Ramos, telling Press Association Sport: "I want him to stay, definitely."

He added: "Since I've been at the club we have had three managers and it's obviously nice to have him there because he has brought a bit of stability.

"We have got used to him and how he manages and how he wants us to play so it will be great to keep him.

"Nobody wants him to go and the club, I'm sure, will do everything they can to keep him."

The 21-year-old alerted the world to his potential when he scored a stunning second-half hat-trick against Inter Milan in October before running rings around Brazil right-back Maicon in the return fixture a month later to help Spurs to a memorable 3-1 victory.

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The Welshman moved to quash speculation about his future by signing a new four-and-a-half year contract in March, but rumours persist of big-money summer bids from Manchester City, AC Milan and Barcelona. Bale admits that playing abroad would one day appeal to him, with Barcelona being one possible destination, but he insists he is happy at Tottenham for now.

"I left home when I was 15 and it was quite difficult then but if I have to move abroad then it's something I wouldn't be scared of," said Bale, who was speaking at the Sony Stadium in Hyde Park, London.

"Barcelona play great, great, football but I'm happy where I am. I'm focused on what we want to achieve as a team next season and I'm enjoying my football here. I'm still 21, I'm getting a good run in the team and I'm still learning my football."

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