Wednesday 27 June 2012
Tottenham Hotspur winger Gareth Bale has signed a new four-year contract to keep him at White Hart Lane until 2016.
The Welsh midfielder, who won the PFA Player of the Year award in 2011, said he wanted to help get the north Londoners back in the UEFA Champions League.
"I love the club and the fans and I want to play my part in trying to get us back into the Champions League - where we belong," Bale told Tottenham's website.
"We've got a good, young squad and we need to work together to get back on the biggest stage again."
Bale has emerged as one of the world’s most exciting left-sided players since becoming a first-team regular at White Hart Lane in 2010, having signed from Southampton in 2007.
The Welsh international has featured in the Barclays Premier League PFA Team of the Year for the last two seasons.
He has made a total of 160 appearances for Spurs, scoring 29 goals, and is set to add to that tally in the 2012/13 campaign.
"The club is progressing and I want to be a part of that"
- Gareth Bale
“I’ve been here for five years now and I’ve enjoyed every minute. The fans have been great to me and I’d love to repay them and do the very best for them," he said.
"The club is progressing and I want to be a part of that, so it was great to get the deal done. I don’t see any reason to leave.
“The main thing is that we try to replicate our form from the first half of last season, when we were right up there challenging for the title.”
Despite having already been voted one of the Premier League’s best midfielders by his peers, Bale believes he can improve.
“I’m getting better and my aim is to be as good as I can be. I’m still young, 22, still learning and this is the right place for me to keep progressing as a player. This is the perfect place to do that," he said.
“Hopefully I’ll score more goals next season. Nine (goals in 2011/12) was okay, but I think I could have scored a lot more and that’s one area I’m looking to improve more than anything.”