Paul Miller claims Tottenham don’t have to qualify for a Champions League place to keep hold of Gareth Bale.
The Welsh wizard has become one of the hottest properties in the game following some stunning performances for Spurs this season, and has alerted the likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid to his services.
Andre Villas-Boas’ side have lost their previous two Premier League fixtures but still sit fourth, one point off third placed Chelsea.
Many believe the ex-Southampton star’s future relies heavily on whether the north London club can qualify for Europe’s top tournament next season, but Miller, who won the 1984 UEFA Cup with Tottenham, claims Bale is going nowhere.
“Tottenham don’t need to finish in the top four to hold on to Gareth Bale, he’s still got three years left on his contract,” he told the Sports Bar.
“He’s not going anywhere unless someone comes in with a stupid bid, and there are probably only three clubs in the world that could afford him. I don’t think they’d be spending their entire transfer budget on just one player.
“He’s very happy in London and he’s got a young baby. He’s a young man and he doesn’t need to go abroad yet. He needs another couple of years in this league and in this country, it wouldn’t do him any favours [to go abroad]. I know his agents and they’re not poor, they’re not forcing him and needing him to go abroad to get a few quid in.”
Tottenham face a battle with rivals Arsenal and Chelsea for a place in next season’s Champions League but Miller believes his former side are still capable of seeing off the regular diners at Europe’s top table.
“Tottenham have got a decent run-in,” he added. “I know they’ve got Everton and Man City at home, along with Chelsea away, but we’ve been better in the bigger games than in the smaller ones. We’ve proved that this year. I’m still confident that we will finish fourth.”