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Gareth Bale signs new Tottenham contract

Gareth Bale
Bale is regarded as one of Europe's best young players

Tottenham winger Gareth Bale has signed a new four-and-a-half year contract to remain at White Hart Lane until 2015.

The new agreement replaces the 21-year-old Wales international's previous deal, which would have run until 2014.

Spurs manager Harry Redknapp said: "It's great to have Gareth sign a new contract at the club.

"He is a fantastic player and the type we need to be keeping at Spurs. He's got his whole future ahead and he has everything going for him."

Bale has earned a global reputation this season after some outstanding displays in the Champions League, highlighted by his hat-trick against Inter Milan at the San Siro.

Redknapp added: "Gareth is now one of the top left-sided players in the world, he really is an amazing talent and can only get better. He is a smashing lad as well, which is equally as important."

Bale, who joined Spurs from Southampton for an initial £5m in 2007, said: "I am enjoying my football at Tottenham. I want us to keep going forward as a team and hopefully we can achieve big things.

"We have got a great squad that is still young and we are going places. It is great to commit to the club, and hopefully we can achieve what we believe we can with this squad.

"The players want what the fans want, and performing in front of these fans is a special experience.

"I definitely believe we can challenge for a title very soon. That is why I have signed. Every year as a minimum we are aiming to qualify for the Champions League, so we are definitely going in the right direction.

"We have proven in the Champions League this season that we can compete with the best and we are in the last eight now and there is no reason we can't go further this season and in years to come."

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