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Jun, 27, 2012

Bale pens new Tottenham deal

Gareth Bale has signed a new four-year contract with Tottenham, keeping him at White Hart Lane until 2016.

• No Barca bid for Bale - agent

Bale has been linked with a move to Spanish giants Barcelona after a series of glittering performances in the Premier League and suggested his own future could be in doubt after Tottenham failed to qualify for next season's Champions League.

That failure led in part to Harry Redknapp's sacking and despite the club currently being managerless, the 22-year-old has decided to extend his current deal.

He told the club's official website: "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 re-pay them and do the very best for them. The club is progressing and I want to be a part of that, so it was great to get the deal done.

"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. We've a good, young squad and we need to work together to get back on the biggest stage again.

"Everyone gets along and we've got the potential to challenge right at the top of the Premier League. It's exciting times at the club and I'm enjoying it. I don't see any reason to leave.

"I just know I'm improving, I know 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. Last season I was getting double and treble-marked on the wing, so I was able to come inside and score a few goals in more central areas. Now it's a case of mixing it all up and putting my whole game together.

"Hopefully I'll score more goals next season. I did quite well with my assists last season but I'd like to improve that as well. I'm looking at my all-round game, trying new things and trying to be the best player I can be."

Bale joined Tottenham from Southampton in 2007 but it took several years before he established himself as a first team regular. He now has 160 appearances to his name and 29 goals.

He was named PFA Player of the Year in 2011 and is expected to be a part of Stuart Pearce's Team GB squad for the forthcoming Olympics.

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