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Mar 19, 2011

Bale commits to Spurs

Gareth Bale has committed to a new four-and-a-half-year deal at Tottenham.

Bale, 21, has repeatedly been linked with the biggest clubs in Europe, with the likes of Manchester United, Inter Milan and Real Madrid said to have expressed interest.

However, Spurs manager Harry Redknapp has stressed that Bale is part of his long-term plans and the Wales international has now signed an extension that ties him to the club until 2015.

"It's great to have Gareth sign a new contract at the club," Redknapp said on the official Tottenham website. "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.

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

Bale, who made his first start for Tottenham since January against West Ham on Saturday, added: "I am enjoying my football at Tottenham. I want us to keep going forward as a team and hopefully we can achieve big things.

"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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