Tottenham legends Ossie Ardiles and Ricky Villa have spoken of their confidence that Gareth Bale will remain at White Hart Lane next term.
The Welshman received both the PFA Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year awards on Sunday, becoming just the third player in history to win both accolades in the same season.
The 23-year-old has scored 24 goals in 40 appearances this term, form that has led him to be linked with the likes of Real Madrid and Manchester United.
However, Ardiles, who spent 10 years with the London club, believes Bale will still be at Spurs next season, as long as they secure a spot in the UEFA Champions League.
He told Press Association Sport: “As Andre Villas-Boas has said, we need to be in Europe to keep him and I think this is what is going to happen.
“He is very happy playing at Spurs – he is a big idol there and a big hero. At the moment he is very happy indeed.
“From the point of view of a Tottenham supporter, I hope he stays for as long as possible at the club.”
Ardiles’ view on the situation was one very much shared by former team-mate Villa, who thinks Bale would be best served by sticking at White Hart Lane for a few more seasons, before looking for a big move.
“He really is a great player, a top player. He is one of these players who can do different things,” Villa added.
“I expect that he will stay at the club – they have a chance to qualify for Europe and this is a good point for him. I expect him to play for the club for two or three more years.
“Everyone wants to play for these big, big clubs, but he has a lot of things to do for Tottenham.”