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Nov, 18, 2011

Bale flattered by Barca link

Tottenham winger Gareth Bale admits he is flattered by interest in him from European champions Barcelona.

Bale, 22, has been linked with a move by the Spanish media but Barcelona, as demonstrated by the protracted transfer of Cesc Fabregas, remain committed to not paying excessive fees.

Spurs value Bale at £50 million, but the Wales international has said he is happy at the club, where he has a contract that runs to 2015.

"It's always nice being linked with clubs such as Barcelona - it's great to be linked with a team like that,'' he said. "I'm enjoying my football at Spurs and I don't really take much notice of what is written about interest from other clubs.

"The Champions League is obviously where I want to be playing. We've got a great chance of qualifying this season, especially with the manager playing young players in the Europa League and giving us the freshness to play in the Premier League.

"We've had a great start to the season. The main thing we want to achieve is the top four - anything above that is obviously a bonus. The main thing is to get back in the Champions League because that's where we want to get back to."

Bale came to the attention of Europe's top sides during Tottenham's impressive run to the 2011 Champions League quarter-finals, where they eventually lost to Real Madrid.

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