Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has told Inter Milan that Gareth Bale is not for sale at any price.

Reports on Thursday claimed Inter were determined to land Bale this summer in a £40million deal after being impressed by the Welsh winger in the Champions League games between the two sides this season. Bale scored a superb hat-trick in the 4-3 defeat at the San Siro before inspiring Tottenham to a 3-1 win at White Hart Lane

"We won't be selling Gareth Bale in the summer, it's up to the chairman but I'd be very surprised if we were interested in selling him at any price," Redknapp said.

"You have special players in your team and if we're going to be a top team you've got to keep your top players, you can't be selling Gareth Bale. You've got three or four players who can make a difference and he's one of those players.

"And, if you lose him, you can't replace him. Where are you going to replace him? You go and get one from here, one from there, another one.

"When he gets the ball something happens, he can do something that no-one else can do. We can't afford to lose him."

Spurs' push for domestic and European honours suffered a blow this week when midfield anchorman Tom Huddlestone suffered a serious setback in his recovery from an ankle injury that has kept him out since November.

The England man, who Redknapp has compared to Spurs midfield great Glenn Hoddle, had hoped to be back in action by the middle of next month. But the setback has meant Redknapp may now be forced to drop the former Derby player from his 25-man squad if the injury proves to be serious.

"Tom's had a setback and it seems he's going to be longer than we expected," Redknapp said. "His ankle is sore. He tried to do a bit of running and is still a long way away.

"We will have to look at his situation with regard to the 25-man squad. I am hoping he'll be okay as he is important to us and is a fantastic player. We need him but we will have to make sure how it goes and discuss it with the medical people."

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