Redknapp: Bale not for sale

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Tottenham Hotspur boss Harry Redknapp insists Gareth Bale is not for sale after another fine performance from the Welsh winger against Norwich on Tuesday night.

The former Southampton starlet has been earning rave reviews for over a year now after coming to the attention of clubs across Europe in the Champions League last season, and has continued his fine form in the Barclays Premier League this term.

However, Redknapp has moved quickly to try and warn off any possible suitors in the 22-year-old, claiming very few could afford the player and that Spurs are not interested in selling anyway.

"It would only be a Barcelona, a Man City or Real Madrid who would be able to pay for him," said the White Hart Lane chief.

"They are the only ones who could afford to pay the transfer fee and his wages, but he isn't for sale. The chairman has said he isn't for sale.

"If we sell him we've had it haven't we? If you looking to go somewhere you don't go and sell a player like him."

Canaries boss Paul Lambert was also left to sing the praised of the youngster, who scored his first after fine work from Emmanuel Adebayor and second on the break.

Whilst the Scot was left frustrated at the manner of the first goal his side conceded, the defence could do little to stop Bale in full flight before a fine chip over John Ruddy.

"Bale is top class. I was disappointed with the goals we conceded but you have to remember who we were playing against," he said.

"We now have got Fulham which is also a tough game but hopefully we can give a good account of ourselves."

Spurs currently sit seven points off the pace at the top of the league with a game-in-hand over both Manchester City and Manchester United.

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