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Villas-Boas thrilled with Bale display

9 February 2013 18:54

Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas has compared Gareth Bale to Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Bale continued his brilliant form this season with two goals in Spurs' 2-1 win over Newcastle on Saturday to take his league tally for the season to 13.

The 23-year-old's performances have attracted interest from European giants including Real Madrid, but Villas-Boas believes Spurs chairman Daniel Levy will do everything to keep the club's star man.

"Great teams are made of great individuals too," Villas-Boas said. "Gareth has been decisive and I'm happy to see him enjoying his football - but it's unfair to say we rely on him.

"Most teams have to hang on to their best players. Barcelona losing Messi would be a disaster, Real Madrid losing Ronaldo would be a disaster.

"There are no release clauses at English clubs and it's very difficult to negotiate with Tottenham - as you know."

Spurs would demand at least 50 million pounds for the attacker, who has featured in a more central role in recent weeks.

Villas-Boas has said Tottenham must qualify for next season's Champions League to have any chance of keeping Bale and he was delighted with his side's hard-fought victory over Newcastle.

The Portuguese manager dedicated the win to goalkeeping coach Tony Parks and his son Joe, who was seriously injured in a car accident this week.

"We have done our job today and closed one more league game to the end of the season. We worked exceptionally hard," he said.

"It's a win we want to dedicate to Joe Parks, who is in a coma after a car crash."

Newcastle confirmed France international Yoan Gouffran did not break his leg, after the goalscorer was carried off following an innocuous clash with Kyle Walker.

A club statement read: "Newcastle United are pleased to report that a precautionary X-ray has shown that Yoan Gouffran has not broken his right leg.

"The French forward was stretchered off during the second half of Saturday's 2-1 defeat at Tottenham Hotspur, and Gouffran will be further assessed on Sunday by the club's medical staff."

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Competition
Premier League
Date
9 February 2013
Game week
26
Kick-off
13:45
Half-time
1 - 1
Full-time
2 - 1
Venue
White Hart Lane (London)
Attendance
36244

Goals

G. Bale 5'  
1 - 0
1 - 1
24' Y. Gouffran
 (assist by M. Sissoko)
G. Bale 78'  
2 - 1

Lineups

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
22
24
23 90+6'
8
13
25
37

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 38 +32 81
2 38 +29 71
3 38 +34 70
4 38 +30 66
5 38 +14 66
6 38 +18 63
7 38 +14 62
8 38 +13 60
9 38 -14 51
10 38 +6 50
11 38 +4 47
12 38 -10 47
13 38 -10 45
14 38 -14 43
15 38 -12 42
16 38 -22 42
17 38 -14 39
18 38 -21 37
19 38 -28 34
20 38 -49 17

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