Bale, Villas-Boas,

By Mark Finlay

Tottenham manager Andres-Villas Boas was quick to make it clear that he was not interested in the vacant manager’s job at Barcelona, and that Tottenham’s star player Gareth Bale was not for sale at any price.

Villas-Boas was the bookies favorite to replace Tito Vilanova at the Nou Camp following the announcement that Vilanova was stepping down due to ill health.

“It’s a difficult situation,” Villas-Boas told Sky Sports News.

“At this time, all my wishes are with Tito. If he has to resign over illness, it’s not the time to speak about speculation.

“We’re speaking about a person’s health, it’s not even a question.”

Welsh wizard Gareth Bale is linked constantly with a move to Real Madrid or Manchester United yet the Spurs boss pointed out that they had not received a single offer, and even if they did it would mean nothing as Bale was not going anywhere.

“No offers, no,” he added. “Bale is not for sale at any price.”

Missing from the clubs goalless pre-season friendly against Colchester were Bale, along with Clint Dempsey and Aaron Lennon as a precaution ahead of Tottenham’s trip to Hong Kong.