Press Association Andre Villas-Boas has once again expressed his confidence that Gareth Bale will stay at Tottenham this summer. “In football anything can happen, but these are the guarantees given to me.” Bale was named the PFA Players’ Player and Young Player of the Year last season after an impressive season which saw him net 21 league goals. And Villas-Boas revealed that a heart-to-heart between the manager and his star man may have helped propel him to those heights. “There was a moment last season when he came to me because he was not comfortable out on the pitch,” he went on. “I do not know if it was my response or that he was glad to relieve the stress, but after that he became confident and played with freedom. He felt important and finished the year in style.” Jose Mourinho’s return to Chelsea means that Villas-Boas will go head to head with his old boss next season when he faces the Europa League winners. The 35-year-old served as an assistant to Mourinho at Porto, Chelsea and Inter Milan and eventually occupied the Stamford Bridge hotseat himself during an unsuccessful eight-month spell. And while he admits that he and the two-time Champions League winner have had little communication of late, he still has the utmost respect for Mourinho. He said: “Although we’ve grown apart, I think we are unified by professional respect.” The Welsh forward has been the subject of constant speculation regarding a move away from White Hart Lane with Real Madrid reportedly leading the chase for the 23-year-old. Villas-Boas has been keen to stress that chairman Daniel Levy has given him assurances that Bale will not be sold and the head coach said in an interview in Portugal that he has no reason to doubt that is the case. “The chairman said that we are not open to offers, whatever they are, and that the player will stay,” he told newspaper O Jogo.
DELE ALLI threw a tantrum after being subbed as Tottenham were left clinging to their Euro hopes.The England star slung his boots, then a bottle when he was hooked as Spurs lost their Champions League last-16 first leg to Timo Werner’s penalty.3 Dele Alli vented his frustrations after being subbed in the defeat to RB LeipzigCredit: Getty Images – Getty3 The Spurs star chucked his water bottle and boot as he was hooked by Jose MourinhoCredit: ReutersSPURS NEWS LIVE: Follow all the latest news on TottenhamBut boss Jose Mourinho said: “I think he was angry with his performance, not me. I think he understands why I took him off – and the team improved.”Alli was tasked with deputising for the injured Harry Kane and Son Heung-min upfront against the Bundesliga side.But he suffered a disappointing night as Spurs struggled to fashion many clear cut chances in the first leg of their last-16 tie.And the 23-year-old’s misery was compounded when Timo Werner struck the winner from the penalty spot after Konrad Laimer was brought down by Ben Davies.Mourinho reacted to Leipzig’s away goal by subbing both Alli and Gedson Fernandes, but it was the former’s response that caught the eye.Taking his lead from the time his manager memorably lost his cool and hurled a crate of drinks into the Old Trafford turf, the midfielder launched his water bottle as he approached the bench.Alli then unlaced his left boot and angrily slammed it on the ground before putting his head in his hands.3 Dele Alli was furious as Jose Mourinho subbed him against LeipzigCredit: PA:Press AssociationHis mood failed to improve by the end of the match as replacements Erik Lamela and Tanguy Ndombele failed to find an equaliser for Spurs.It was a frustrating evening all round in north London as Mourinho’s men relied on captain Hugo Lloris to keep them in the tie with several standout saves.Mourinho added: “You can look at it and see two perspectives. One is this amazing group of guys who tried everything. Another is you see how we are at the moment.“The other team played with Werner and bring on sub after sub. This is our situation and it is like being in a fight with a gun without bullets. We did what we could do.“You have to look at our situation. If you want to make an exercise of football, you can think of a Champions League game for Barcelona without Messi, Suarez and Griezmann or Liverpool with no Mane, Salah or Firmino, but they still have Origi.“The result is 1-0 not 10-1 – the result is open, it’s as simple as that.“We would not be the first team to lose the first game at home and win the tie away.“The thing that keeps me confident is the spirit, the mentality of my players.”Spurs will need to show the kind of guts that helped them turn things around against Ajax in last season’s Champions League semi-final if they are to progress.Most Read in FootballTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’ExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticKeeper Hugo Lloris said: “We are still alive.“We have to give a lot of credit to Leipzig, they press very high and are a very good team.“We have to stay positive, not give up, not try to find excuses, and fight to the end. We are not really happy, but we have to deal with that. Let’s hope we can create another story.”