Daniel Levy’s summer priority is to reject these bids

As the dust settles on what was a nightmare Champions League quarter final first leg for Tottenham, questions will start to surface on the futures of some of Tottenham’s best players. This season has been an incredible journey for the club, the fans, players and the management staff have clearly enjoyed the ride. With their Champions League dream all but over for this season, thoughts have to turn to next season. It is imperative that the Tottenham board do not start selling off their top stars, but such a decision could hinge on whether Tottenham qualify for next seasons Champions League. With a new stadium to be built, money could begin to get tight at White Hart Lane.

Even before last night’s Champions League quarter final in Madrid, Harry Redknapp was appealing to the board not to make fire sales this summer, starting with Gareth Bale. In Tuesday’s Daily Telegraph, Harry Redknapp detailed the need to keep this squad together in order to prevent the shattering of the Spurs’ dream.

‘Selling Bale could end the Spurs dream. Once you start selling off your best players. I had it at West Ham, we let Rio (Ferdinand) and Frank (Lampard) go, and the rest followed.’

There could be a domino effect at Tottenham if the board start accepting offers for Gareth Bale. Gareth Bale himself has increased speculation by hinting that he would consider leaving Tottenham for a career abroad; Inter Milan and Real Madrid are vultures and without doubt they will be circulating on the back of this news. If Tottenham fail to qualify for the Champions League this season, and with their mounting injury-list makes that a very real possibility, will Tottenham be able to keep their best players through the offer of Europa League football? I somehow doubt it, and the sale of Gareth Bale could spark Luka Modric, Michael Dawson and Rafael van der Vaart’s agents into action.

Of course any media speculation is not a result of the mauling Tottenham received in Madrid last night. Players will not base any decision to leave Tottenham because of that one defeat. The scoreline was harsh on Tottenham and Harry Redknapp would have learnt a lot about some of his players. A lot of his players came out of that game with a great deal of credit, a silly red card cost them. Daniel Levy and the Tottenham board have to reject any bids for their top stars this summer, or Tottenham could become another West Ham. For now, every effort must go into getting back into the Champions League. If the squad manage that, such speculation should die. If not, the dream could indeed be at an end.

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