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Gareth Bale Is Staying At Tottenham, Says André Villas-Boas

20/06/2013 14:17 BST | Updated 20/06/2013 14:18 BST

André Villas-Boas says Gareth Bale will not be leaving White Hart Lane this summer despite Real Madrid's public pursuit of the Tottenham Hotspur forward.

Real have not hidden their desire to sign Bale, with club ambassador Zinedine Zidane making a number of flattering comments about the Welshman, who scored 31 goals for club and country last season.

Yet Daniel Levy pledged not to let go of the north London club's top stars this summer and Villas-Boas does not expect the Spurs chairman to renege on his word.

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Real Madrid have publicly courted Bale

"We have the pledge of the chairman that Bale is not going to leave the club," the Tottenham manager is quoted as saying in Madrid-based newspaper Marca.

Real's partnership with Tottenham - forged last year following the sale of Luka Modrić to the nine-time European champions - has not stopped Zidane flirting with the idea of Bale moving to the Santiago Bernabéu this summer.

In May the former France star said Bale, who has recently returned from his holidays in the United States, would fit in well at the Spanish club and last weekend he intimated that Bale could speed up a transfer if he asked to leave Tottenham.