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Bale urges Redknapp to stay

May 28, 2011
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Gareth Bale has pleaded with Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp to stay at White Hart Lane amid reported interest from Chelsea.

Gareth Bale and Harry Redknapp
GettyImagesGareth Bale has a close relationship with his manager and mentor

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Redknapp has been linked with the post ever since Carlo Ancelotti was sacked, but Bale - Tottenham's star this season and the current PFA Player of the Year - credits Redknapp with bringing stability to White Hart Lane and wants him to stay.

''I want him to stay, definitely,'' Bale said. ''Since I've been at the club we have had three managers and it's obviously nice to have him there because he has brought a bit of stability.

''We have got used to him and how he manages and how he wants us to play so it will be great to keep him. Nobody wants him to go and the club, I'm sure, will do everything they can to keep him.''

With speculation surrounding his own future, Bale admits that playing abroad would one day appeal to him, Barcelona being one possible destination, but he insists he is happy at Tottenham for now.

''I left home when I was 15 and it was quite difficult then but if I have to move abroad then it's something I wouldn't be scared of,'' he added. ''Barcelona play great, great, football but I'm happy where I am.

''I'm focused on what we want to achieve as a team next season and I'm enjoying my football here. I'm still 21, I'm getting a good run in the team and I'm still learning my football.''