AVB fires Bale warning to Modric

Andre Villas-Boas told Luka Modric to keep his nose out of Tottenham's business, insisting it would be "completely impossible" for the club to sell Gareth Bale.

Gareth Bale

Modric, who left Spurs this summer, on Friday urged Bale to come and join him at the Santiago Bernabeu, telling The Sun: "I know Gareth has a big dream of winning the Champions League and Madrid would be a great club for him to achieve it."

Bale himself has admitted he would like to play abroad at some stage in his career, but Villas-Boas is keen to hang on to the 23-year-old, who has been in sensational form this season.

The Tottenham manager also took a swipe at the Croatian midfielder for meddling in Tottenham's affairs, insisting he should be more worried about Real Madrid's current poor form than the future of Bale.

"I think he should focus more on his club than ours," Villas-Boas told a press conference.

"He has to worry about (Real's) game against Atletico Madrid and about getting in to the quarter-finals of the Champions League

"Obviously Modric is aware of Gareth's performances because of his love for Tottenham and the fact that he is very connected with him and this football club, but it's completely impossible (for Bale to leave)."

"We are not looking to sell."

Bale recently insisted he is happy at White Hart Lane and there is no suggestion that he will try to force his way out in the same way that Modric did.

Revered by the club's fans for his exquisite displays during the first two years at Spurs, Modric angered the supporters by pushing for a transfer to Chelsea before doing the same the following year when Madrid came calling.

Villas-Boas, who ordered Modric to train on his own after he declared he wanted to move to Spain, made his annoyance clear at the midfielder's comments regarding Bale, adding: "He should focus more on his club than ours.

"He has to worry about (Madrid's game against) Atletico Madrid this weekend as they are on top of him.

"And he has to worry about getting into the quarter-finals of the Champions League as well."

Villas-Boas' team have the opportunity to move joint third tomorrow if they beat Fulham and both Chelsea and West Brom lose.

The Portuguese watched the sacking of his friend Roberto Di Matteo with great dismay, and has been a keen observer of events at Stamford Bridge since Rafael Benitez's highly unpopular appointment as interim manager.

Chelsea's fans have booed Benitez in both games since he took charge, but Villas-Boas on Friday reminded Blues supporters of what owner Roman Abramovich has brought to the club since he took over in 2003.

"He arrived at the club and changed its future," said Villas-Boas, who lasted less than nine months as Chelsea boss before Abramovich pulled the trigger.

"Back in 2003 when he bought the club, it was not an easy situation for Chelsea.

"In the end he has put so much up front and changed the fortune of the football club which now has three Premier Leagues, one Champions League and three FA Cups.

"The roll of honour is outstanding since Abramovich arrived so in the end it is very difficult to balance the situation.

"He is entitled to the changes whenever he wants. Sometimes he sets different patterns to what you expect, certainly with managers recently, but you can't argue that his tenure hasn't been successful."

The Spurs boss has Steven Caulker available for tomorrow's game after he recovered from illness and he also reported that long-term injury absentees Scott Parker and Benoit Assou-Ekotto are expected to return to full training next week.

"They are extremely important for the club so that will be a big boost," Villas-Boas said.



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