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Levy: Spurs will not sell star names

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy insists none of the club's top players will be leaving White Hart Lane this summer.

Levy fought a protracted battle with Chelsea last summer to keep star playmaker Luka Modric at the north London club and speculation is rife that the Croatian, and winger Gareth Bale, will be the subject of strong interest again this summer.

The Spurs chairman wrote in his end of season address to supporters: "Our squad has top players at all levels and we shall continue to seek stability and to retain key players this summer and beyond. We are a club that is focusing on growth and moving forward."

However, Bale added fuel to the rumours linking him with Barcelona earlier this month when he declared he would consider his future should Spurs fail to make the Champions League, while Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has spoken in glowing terms about Modric.

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp insists the club will end up going backwards if they sell their top players and based on his comments, it would appear that Levy agrees.

Spurs will finish at least fourth in the Barclays Premier League if they beat Fulham at home in their season finale at White Hart Lane.

Ordinarily, that would ensure Champions League qualification, but that will not be the case if Chelsea beat Bayern Munich in the European Cup final on Saturday.

The Londoners can still finish third if they better the result of Arsenal, who travel to West Brom, but many Spurs supporters feel their team should have finished well inside the top three having been within touching distance of the summit in January.

Levy insists this has been a progressive season, however, given that Spurs finished fifth last term. He said: "It is a mark of our progress and the quality of our squad that each season we now look and expect to be competing at the top of our game.

"Once again we have seen football played at home and away which has shown our brand and style of play around the world and led our competitors to describe us as the most entertaining team in the Premier League."

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