AVB: Soldado, Bale talks ongoing

Andre Villas-Boas has confirmed that Tottenham remain in talks with Valencia over Roberto Soldado and with Gareth Bale over a new contract.

The London side’s technical director Franco Baldini held talks with Los Che earlier this week over a proposed move for Soldado, but returned to England having failed to agree to President Amadeo Salvo’s demands that the striker’s buyout clause of €30m be paid in a single cash payment.

Whilst it led to the suggestion that talks between the two clubs were at an end, Spurs’ Coach has made clear that the 28-year-old remains an objective.

“There is interest in the player, no matter what happened in the last couple of days,” commented Villas-Boas today on the player also linked with Liverpool once more.

“He is a quality player, he has done well at Valencia for the last few seasons.

“He has had a good education from the Real Madrid youth system and he is a player which we are interested in adding.”

The Portuguese tactician also commented further on Gareth Bale’s position with the club. Speculation this week has shifted from the Premier League side offering to double his wages, to Madrid having already agreed a six-year deal with his agent to Spurs then pricing him at €120m.

For his current tactician, though, the player remains in talks with Tottenham.

“There was contact between the club and his agent last year and there is ongoing contact between the club and his agent,” Villas-Boas is quoted as saying by the Daily Mail.

“Talks are ongoing but that doesn't mean there is an agreement. At the moment we're confident that the player is under contract at Tottenham, as was done last year.

“We renewed his contract at the beginning of last season, if you remember, and it's something that is being dealt with by the chairman and the agent.

“It's something that we're speaking about, but there aren't any developments. We are not going to make any comment on that [potential bids for Bale].

“He is a special player and he had a wonderful season last year. Everybody recognised the level he was playing at. We were extremely happy with the level of his performances.

“We are speaking with his agent about possible improvements to his contract, but we don’t need to make any further statements that the ones we made regarding the transfer speculation or his contract.”

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