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Gareth Bale signs new four-year Tottenham contract

Gareth Bale
Bale has played 75 times for Tottenham scoring five goals

Gareth Bale has been rewarded for helping Tottenham qualify for the Champions League by being given a new four-year contract with the club.

The 20-year-old signed a new deal which ties him to White Hart Lane until 2014.

Bale was named Premier League player of the month in April after his form on the left wing inspired Spurs to victories over Chelsea and Arsenal.

The Welshman has featured 75 times for Spurs since joining from Southampton for £10m in May 2007.

Spurs clinched their top-four place in the Premier League with a 1-0 win at Manchester City on Wednesday and have moved quickly to reward the supporter's young player of the year.

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After a stunning run of form by Bale, which included winning goals against Arsenal and Chelsea, Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp insisted the club would not sell the former Saints man, despite reports linking him with a move to Manchester United.

A highly rated youngster, Bale joined Spurs as a left-back at 17 years old but he had been on the fringes of the first team due to a succession of injuries - including a broken foot and a knee problem.

However, an injury to Redknapp's preferred left-back Benoit Assou-Ekotto gave Bale the opportunity to impress, and the Spurs boss rewarded his performances by handing him a more advanced attacking role on the left once Assou-Ekotto returned to fitness.

Bale made his Wales debut aged 16 years and 315 days against Trinidad and Tobago in May 2006 and has won 24 caps, scoring two goals.



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