Tottenham Hotspur winger Gareth Bale has given the clearest indication yet that he will snub the advances of suitors Manchester United and Real Madrid and stay in north London, reports the London Evening Standard.
The Welshman has been the subject of intense transfer speculation all summer, with suggestions that he could leave White Hart Lane in pursuit of Champions League football, after Spurs failed in their quest for a top four finish last season.
However, in a recent interview, Bale spoke glowingly about his relationship with manager Andre Villas-Boas, praising the Portuguese tactician's coaching methods and man-management.
"We have a great relationship," said the 24-year-old. "Last season we had a great campaign and obviously we came up short but we had a great working relationship on and off the field.
"We chatted quite a lot about tactics and stuff like that. He definitely got the best out of me last season and hopefully can again."
Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti is already believed to have given up hope of luring Bale to the Santiago Bernabeu, but these latest developments will come as a disappointment to new Manchester United manager David Moyes.
Sir Alex Ferguson's successor held high hopes of bringing the PFA and FWA Player of the Year to Old Trafford in time for the start of the 2013/14 Premier League campaign.