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Tottenham Hotspur: 4 Keys to Building a Spurs Team Around Gareth Bale
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Who will be featuring alongside Gareth Bale in the Tottenham team next season?

Tottenham Hotspur supporters will probably only feel completely assured about Gareth Bale's immediate future at their club when the summer transfer window slams shut.

Hopes will have been raised though, by their manager Andre Villas-Boas being quoted in Madrid newspaper Marca, here via The Guardian, as saying that he has "the pledge of the chairman (Daniel Levy) that Bale is not going to leave the club."

That knowledge will be most welcome for the Portuguese as he plans for the upcoming season.

The phenomenal Bale will likely once again be the focal point of Villas-Boas' team. How he builds around the Welshman will go a long way to deciding how successful they are.

Preseason will give us our first proper look at the manager's intentions. But based on what we saw in 2012-13, we know of a few key areas that Villas-Boas will be looking at—both directly and indirectly related to Bale.

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