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Bale: I have no desire to leave Spurs

Tottenham midfielder Gareth Bale insists he is happy with life at the club amid continued speculation that he will be the subject of a big-money bid from the continent this summer.

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A number of Europe's big clubs are reported to be interested in Bale, who was crowned PFA Player of the Year on Sunday, but the Welshman has made it clear that he is content at White Hart Lane.

"I'm enjoying my football at Tottenham," Bale said. "We've got a great manager and a great, young squad. We're still learning a lot this season with the Champions League and it's exciting times.

"We've got a new training ground coming, which I'm looking forward to, and hopefully a new ground as well. It's exciting times and I think we're all confident of winning something soon."

While Bale has dazzled in the Premier League, it is in the Champions League that the 22-year-old has truly flourished this season.

Memorable performances home and away against reigning champions Inter Milan represent particular highlights for the former Southampton man, and he is desperate for Spurs to make it there again, though he believes qualifying for the competition this year would be even more impressive than last year's fourth-place finish.

"I think it would be an even bigger achievement for us after what we've had to go through for the first time," Bale said. "It was a lot to ask of us to do, both in the Premier League and the Champions League. I think we've coped with it well.

"We've kept ourselves up there in the league and now it's coming to the final straight, where we know what we need to do. It was always going to be harder, with City and Chelsea spending so much money and making the competition even harder.

"But we're still going to give it our all. We feel we've got a better squad than other teams, so we can stay up there."

Bale's boss Harry Redknapp has warned Tottenham's rivals that his prized asset still has plenty of room for improvement, insisting it is only a matter of time before he is hailed the planet's best in his position.

"He's got the lot really, it's just whether he becomes the world's best left-back or left-sided midfielder," Redknapp told Sky Sports. "Both options are open to him, he's such a talent. You look at the people who have won the award in the past, and it's an amazing achievement for a kid of that age.

"It's mind-blowing when you've seen who's won it, so he's in fantastic company - and he deserves to be. He's getting there, but he's still got plenty to learn, and he'll learn that. He's so young and he can only get better. We've not even seen what he's capable of doing I don't think. There's a lot more to come from him."


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