Belfast Telegraph

New deal for Bale

Gareth Bale has signed a new four-and-a-half year contract at Tottenham.

The 21-year-old winger 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.

Manager Harry Redknapp told the club's website: "It's great to have Gareth sign a new contract at the club. He is a fantastic player and the type of player we need to be keeping at Spurs. 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's achievements have led a host of European clubs, led by Inter, to cast admiring glances in his direction, but Redknapp has been adamant he is not for sale - a position strengthened by the new deal.

"He has got his whole future ahead and he has everything going for him," Redknapp added.

The Wales international joined Spurs from Southampton at the age of 17, and has since made 112 appearances, scoring 17 goals. Most of those have come since he moved forward from his original left-back position to play on the wing, a switch that rejuvenated his career which at once stage appeared stalled as he struggled for a place in the side.

"I am enjoying my football at Tottenham. I want us to keep going forward as a team and hopefully we can achieve big things," Bale said.

"We have got a great squad that is still young and we are going places. It is great to commit to this 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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