BBC Sport football


Related BBC sites

Page last updated at 18:39 GMT, Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Gareth Bale aims to see out contract at Tottenham


Bale pledges future to Spurs

By Dan Roan

Wales winger Gareth Bale has told the BBC that he wants to see out his contract at Tottenham.

The 21-year-old provided two assists in Spurs' 3-1 win over Inter Milan on Tuesday having scored a hat-trick against the Italians in October.

"Yeah, as I said I want to keep playing at Tottenham and keep enjoying my football," said the left-sided player.

"I'm just enjoying playing and enjoy playing at Tottenham at the moment. We've got a lot to look forward to."

Bale's current contract runs out in the summer of 2014 having signed for Spurs from Southampton in 2007 for an initial fee of £5m.


The Cardiff-born player has been linked with the likes of Spanish giants Barcelona and Real Madrid following his brilliant performances in Premier League and in Europe.

However, Bale was keen to play down the hype surrounding him.

Gareth Bale 'delighted' with influential performance

"I'm not sure what all the fuss is about, it's a bit surreal," he added "Every footballer knows it comes with the game if you're doing well. It's kind of nice.

"Being viewed as a 'hot property' does not make me feel any different than I have been feeling."

Bale said he could not pinpoint as to why he was in the best form of his short career.

"I wouldn't say there's one reason. The team are playing well and it's easier to play in a team playing well. The boys around me and the manager gives us all confidence and that helps the team express themselves," he added.

Meanwhile, former Tottenham midfielder and FA Cup winner Ricky Villa has told the BBC that Bale should be spoken of in the same breath as Barcelona's Lionel Messi and Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo.

"He played brilliantly and you can compare him to Messi and Ronaldo - a player of that quality," said the 58-year-old 1978 Argentina World Cup winner.

"He has to carry on like that. He has to keep going that way and he should be close to those two players."

Print Sponsor

see also
Redknapp salutes 'amazing' Bale
02 Nov 10 |  Europe
Tottenham 3-1 Inter Milan
02 Nov 10 |  Europe
Champions League photos
02 Nov 10 |  Football
Champions League as it happened
02 Nov 10 |  Football
Inter Milan 4-3 Tottenham
20 Oct 10 |  Europe
Bale earning his Spurs
03 Nov 10 |  Tottenham

related bbc links:

related internet links:
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites