Villas-Boas tight-lipped about Bale
Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas was tight-lipped about Gareth Bale's future after his side's Asia Trophy victory on Saturday.
Bale, who is being targeted by Spanish giants Real Madrid, was not in the squad for the 6-0 romp over South China.
His absence added further fuel to speculation the 24-year-old is poised to leave White Hart Lane after a Spanish newspaper claimed Bale has told Spurs he wants out of the club.
But Villas-Boas refused to be drawn when asked about his Bale's possible move to Spain.
"I won't comment on anything. I am so sorry," Villas-Boas said.
"I can't speak about speculation."
Villas-Boas was more forthcoming when asked when Bale will be back in action for the London club.
"He is going to be fit to join the team for training on Wednesday," he said.
"There is a big possibility he could be fit for Monaco.
"He hasn't done any training with the team yet but in all of the pre-season friendlies we had before he was involved.
"We are confident he will be able to join us."
Meanwhile, Jermain Defoe insists he is not concerned by the club's continuing search for a new striker.
"The prospect of more strikers being brought in doesn't bother me," Defoe said after scoring a hat-trick.
"It is the start of a big year because I feel I have a chance of going to the World Cup. That will definitely be a target for this year."