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Gareth Bale signs new four-year contract with Spurs
Gareth Bale has quashed rumours that he’ll leave Tottenham Hotspur by signing a new four-year contract with the White Hart Lane club. Bale is one of many Spurs players who have been linked with the exit door since Tottenham sacked manager Harry Redknapp earlier this month. Other stars like Luka Modric appear to be heading out of White Hart Lane according to reports in the media, but securing Bale is a huge boost for Tottenham and their fans.
Spurs’ failure to qualify for the Champions League next season, despite finishing the Premier League 2011 / 12 campaign in fourth place, is another reason Bale, 22, has being linked with a move away from White Hart Lane and transfer rumours throughout the past 12 months have speculated that Spanish giants Real Madrid and Barcelona were amongst his admirers and were willing to table ridiculous bids to secure the winger’s services.
The Welsh wizard however, believes that Tottenham are moving in the right direction and are a young team who have a bright future. The BBC quotes Bale as saying:
“The club is progressing and I want to be a part of that, so it was great to get the deal done.”
“The fans have been great to me and I’d love to repay them and do the very best for them.”
“I want to play my part in trying to get us back into the Champions League – where we belong.”
The winger has an impressive record since signing for Spurs from Southampton in 2007 at the tender age of 17. He has currently played 160 games for the club, scoring 29 goals along the way. Whether or not Bale has a clause in his contract if Spurs fail to qualify for the Champions League remains to be seen, but the news will come as some relief for Tottenham fans at least. The news of Bale signing a contract extension until 2016 also suggests that managerless Tottenham could be close to bringing in a replacement for Redknapp.