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Bale keen to repay the faith at Spurs

SoccerNews in English Premier League 27 Jun 2012

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Gareth Bale claims Tottenham remains the best place for him to improve after signing a new four-year contract with the club.

Tottenham have yet to recruit a new manager to replace Harry Redknapp but that did not stop Bale from re-signing with the English Premier League club on Wednesday.

“It’s great to sign again,” Bale said.

“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 (got) a good, young squad and we need to work together to get back on the biggest stage again.”

Bale believes that the London-based club will provide the best environment for him to keep improving as a player.

At 22, the Welsh winger is aware that he still has a long way to go in football.

“I know I’m getting better and my aim is to be as good as I can be,” Bale said.

“I’m still young, 22, still learning and this is the right place for me to keep progressing as a player.”

Former Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas is reportedly the front-runner to take over as Tottenham manager, while France head coach Laurent Blanc, Wigan’s Roberto Martinez and Everton’s David Moyes have all been linked to the job.

But Bale has not waited to find out who will take charge as he believes Tottenham have the players to again challenge at the top of the Premier League.

“Everyone gets along and we’ve got the potential to challenge right at the top of the Premier League,” Bale said.

“It’s exciting times at the club and I’m enjoying it.

“I don’t see any reason to leave.”

After playing a lot more centrally last season, Bale has hinted he wants to become more unpredictable.

“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,” Bale said.

“Now it’s a case of mixing it all up and putting my whole game together.”

Despite not having a manager yet, Tottenham are working hard in the transfer market and have been heavily linked with Icelandic midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson who impressed on loan at Swansea last season, as well as Ajax Amsterdam defender Jan Vertonghen.

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