Tottenham double-winner Cliff Jones insists Gareth Bale is happy at Tottenham and doesn't expect the Welshman to leave in the summer.

Bale has been in exceptional form this season, scoring 16 times in the Premier League and driving Tottenham into contention for a Champions League spot.

The 23-year-old's outstanding performances have reportedly attracted the interest of Barcelona and Real Madrid, but Jones,who played for Tottenham in their double-winning 1961 season and was part of the Wales squad that made it to the quarter-finals of the 1958 World Cup, says Bale is going nowhere.

“Gareth is very happy with Tottenham,” Jones told the Hampstead and Highgate Express. “You can put him up there alongside the likes of [Lionel] Messi and [Cristiano] Ronaldo at the moment.

“He is very happy, not only in the football sense but with life as well. 

“He is very content, he’s had a baby daughter and he is very happy with his family life. His girlfriend is a Welsh girl and they like to get down to Wales.

“Of course Gareth and everyone linked with the club wants to be in the Champions League and he wants to be playing football at the highest level, but I think he will be at Tottenham for a while yet.”

Bale is amongst the early front-runners for the PFA Player of the Year award at the end of the season thanks to his scintillating performances of late, but Jones is keen to extoll the virtues of some of his lesser-praised team-mates.

“For me Gareth has been the best player to watch this season in the Premier League – but there have been a number of key players for Tottenham,” he insisted.

“[Mousa] Dembele has been quite impressive and [Michael] Dawson has always been a terrific player. Sandro is another great competitor and it was a shame he got injured. 

“He reminds me a little bit of Dave Mackay – total commitment with a will to win. That is important to have in the side and he’s got it in abundance.”

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