27 Jul 2013

Spurs confident of keeping Bale

2:57 pm on 27 July 2013

Tottenham Hotspur are confident of keeping their midfielder, Gareth Bale, after opening new contract talks with the Wales international.

Bale signed a new four year contract with the North London club last year, but multiple reports have linked the 24-year-old with a move to the Spanish club, Real Madrid.

The Tottenham coach Andre Villas-Boas says talks over a contract improvement are underway and they're confident their star will stay at the club.

Bale is on the team's pre-season tour in Hong Kong but will not play in Saturday's match against South China because he is recovering from a strained gluteus muscle.