Tottenham Hotspur have been boosted in their pursuit to retain Gareth Bale. Real Madrid president Florentino Perez revealed that the Spanish capital club have not had any contact with the north London club for the Welshman's signature.

Gareth Bale

The 23-year-old has been strongly linked with a move to the Santiago Bernabeu club this summer. Perez, along with Madrid's new assistant manager Zinedine Zidane had earlier expressed their desire to sign Bale during the transfer window.

"He is a great player who belongs to a club we enjoy good relations with, but we have not made any offer," said Perez, as quoted in talkSPORT.

Bale has been one of the outstanding players in the Premier League last season, scoring 21 goals and managing four assists in 34 league appearances. His heroic effort of taking the club forward on his shoulders has seen him bag the PFA Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year awards.

Andre Villas-Boas had earlier confirmed that Bale will be with Tottenham as the club are keen on retaining their star player beyond this summer.

Meanwhile, Jermain Defoe has now urged the north London club to keep Bale in order to keep their hopes alive of finishing the next season in top four. Tottenham failed to seal a berth in Europe's most elite club competition after losing the final spot to their arch rivals, Arsenal on the final day of the last season.

"It's important to keep your best players and it doesn't make any sense selling your best players. On a personal note, it's difficult to say much about it. Gaz had a fantastic year last year and the Premier League is one of the best leagues in the world," Defoe told Sky Sports.

"What he did last year was outstanding and if you do that you're going to have other clubs after you. For me, I want us to keep all of our best players as I want to play with top players. We want to get in the Champions League and we need to keep our top players," the England international added.