Star player commits to White Hart Lane.
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Tottenham winger Gareth Bale has signed a new four-and-a-half year contract to remain at White Hart Lane until 2015.
The new agreement replaces the 21-year-old Wales international’s previous deal, which would have run until 2014.
Spurs manager Harry Redknapp said: “It’s great to have Gareth sign a new contract at the club.
“He is a fantastic player and the type we need to be keeping at Spurs. He’s got his whole future ahead and he has everything going for him.”
Bale has earned a global reputation this season after some outstanding displays in the Champions League, highlighted by his hat-trick against Inter Milan at the San Siro.
Redknapp added: “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.”
Bale, who joined Spurs from Southampton for an initial £5m in 2007, said: “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 the club, and hopefully we can achieve what we believe we can with this squad.”
SOURCE: BBC Sport
This is indeed great news for Tottenham and shows just how far they are progressing and just how much Gareth Bale should be thanking Harry Redknapp in particular. When the Welsh youngster first arrived at the North London club he did so with a fair bit of publicity and he did okay to begin with but there then followed a spell of poor form and he was in danger of becoming little more than a Trivial Pursuit question due to his long run of games without a Premier League success.
Then Redknapp arrived and the upturn the club experienced had a knock on effect on the former Southampton man and his game improved as he was forced into a more attacking wide role and he hasn’t looked back since. The talent he has shown, especially on the European stage, has made him a very real target of Europe’s elite with the likes of Inter Milan, Barcelona and Real Madrid all taking a real interest in the Tottenham man.
Clearly his decision to sign a long term deal shows just how ready he is to repay the faith shown in him after those early problems. It also helps that the club has many top class players who help push the club in the right direction. The likes of Luka Modric, Rafael Van der Vaart, Aaron Lennon and Sandro are just four players who are also very much being chased by ‘big’ clubs but they probably all feel that under Harry Redknapp they could achieve big things at Spurs and given just how far the club have come over the past two seasons, who could argue with them?