Belfast Telegraph

Bale keen to learn from Giggs

Gareth Bale believes he has the perfect role model in Ryan Giggs as the Tottenham winger comes to terms with his new superstar status.

The last fortnight has seen Bale become one of the most talked about players on the planet following his virtuoso performances against European champions Inter Milan. Bale's meteoric rise echoes of that of fellow Welsh wizard Giggs 20 years ago, and the youngster was keen to pay tribute to the example his idol has set.

"He's shown, ever since he made his debut, what a good player and what a good person he is for football," Bale said at the launch of BT's new football fan website.

"He's an amazing person to follow and hopefully I can come a little bit near him."

With comparisons already being made with Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, that may not be such a tall order.

Bale said of the lavish praise that has come his way: "It's obviously nice to get people talking about you, saying nice things.

"But I know I have to keep working hard and keep improving and that's all I want to do."

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