Tottenham and Gareth Bale are set to give downhearted Spurs fans a boost by confirming he has committed his future to the club for another season.
The London Evening Standard, which has close links to the North London club, is reporting that the Wales international has signed a £130,000-a-week deal and will remain at White Hart Lane until next summer.
However, it has been accepted by both parties that Bale - whose winning goal against Sunderland yesterday was overshadowed by Spurs' failure to qualify for the Champions League - could join another club if a bid in excess of £50 million comes in in twelve months' time.
Bale had been tipped for a move to either Manchester United or Real Madrid, after scoring 31 goals this season and being named PFA Player of the Year, amid fears that failing to reach the top four could spur his departure.
The announcement, which is expected to be made by the club shortly, will come as a great boost for Tottenham supporters following Arsenal's victory over Newcastle to secure the final place in Europe's premier competition.
The 23-year-old's 21 Premier League goals since August is the best return for any Spurs player since Teddy Sheringham in 1992/93, with leading figures at the club lining up to acknowledge his importance to their future.
Speaking after yesterday's final game of the season, Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas said: "This is an ongoing question but it’s absolutely fine.
"If we want to make it better next season we have to hold on to our best assets and this is what I have been told from the top.
“The reference from the points tally is there so for us to make it better we need to keep hold of the best assets."
Meanwhile, the club's Icelandic midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson today claimed that Bale was virtually irreplaceable as Spurs contemplate another Europa League campaign: "I don't think there will be one player who can replace him."
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