Tottenham will not consider any offers for Gareth Bale - that's what manager Andre Villas-Boas has been assured.

The Spurs boss has had to fend off reports of a move to Real Madrid for his star man all summer.

But AVB claims the Tottenham hierarchy have confirmed to him that no bids will be listened to for the Welsh winger, no matter how big.

"The chairman said that we are not open to offers, whatever they are, and that the player will stay," he told Portuguese newspaper O Jogo.

"In football anything can happen, but these are the guarantees given to me."

The 23-year-old scored 21 league goals last season and picked up both the PFA Players' Player and Young Player of the Year awards.

But he may not have had such a ground-breaking campaign were it not for a heart-to-heart with his manager, AVB revealed.

"There was a moment last season when he came to me because he was not comfortable out on the pitch," he added.

"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."