Redknapp - Bale not for sale
Boss insists Spurs want to keep hold of star asset
Last Updated: 21/10/10 8:10am
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Harry Redknapp insists Gareth Bale is not for sale after the Welsh youngster hit a stunning hat-trick in Spurs' 4-3 defeat at Inter Milan on Wednesday.
The Londoners were four goals and one man down at the break after Inter dominated the opening period of the UEFA Champions League Group A clash at the San Siro.
Javier Zanetti opened the scoring after two minutes, Samuel Eto'o slotted home an 11th minute penalty after Heurelho Gomes had been sent off and Dejan Stankovic added a third three minutes later, before Eto'o then notched his second of the night on 35 minutes.
But Spurs produced a great second half fight back, with Bale hitting a hat-trick (52, 90, 91) as Redknapp's side just fell short.
Bale has been linked with a host of top European clubs but Redknapp insists the 21-year-old is not for sale as he bids to build for the future.
He said: "He's not for sale. We're looking to build a club at Tottenham, not dismantle one.
"It was a fantastic hat-trick from Gareth Bale, an amazing performance again from him. He's as good a left-sided player as there is anywhere."
But the Spurs boss bemoaned the dreadful start to the game from his side.
He told Sky Sports News: "It was amazing to come in as we did four down at half time and the game just started so badly for us - to concede a goal in the first minute and then to have a sending-off so quickly to go down to ten men, suddenly they get the penalty (so its) two-nil down.
"To be honest at half time you fear the worst, you think this could be seven or eight, it could be anything, you have got ten men here away to Inter Milan, even though we had chances on the break and we still were positive, we left the two wide men on.
"And second half Gareth Bale's ended up with an amazing hat-trick, if that goal (his last) comes five minutes earlier who knows what could have happened - I had visions of Arsenal when I first arrived at the club, four-four."
Asked what he said at half time to his troops, Redknapp replied: "I said we were playing for our pride basically - we've got to go out and we can't lay down and get rolled over because they were rampant at that time, we had to go with runners and defend and make sure we didn't give any more goals away."
But Redknapp admitted he would have settled for four-nil at half time, believing "it was damage limitation."
He added: "But we came out the second half and Gareth Bale ran them ragged at times and it was an amazing hat-trick, fantastic hat-trick from an amazing young player."