Saturday March 19 2011
Inter target Bale signs Spurs contract

Inter transfer target Gareth Bale has put an end to gossip by signing a new long-term contract with Tottenham Hotspur.

The Wales international winger had become hot property on the market after his fine Champions League performances against Inter.

He attracted interest from the Nerazzurri, but also Real Madrid and Barcelona.

Today Bale put an end to the speculation by signing a new four-and-a-half year contract which won't expire until 2015.

"I am enjoying my football at Tottenham," he told the club's official website. "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 this club and hopefully we can achieve what we believe we can with this squad.

“The players want what the fans want, and performing in front of these fans is a special experience.

"I definitely believe we can challenge for a title very soon. That is why I have signed. Every year as a minimum we are aiming to qualify for the Champions League, so we are definitely going in the right direction.

"We have proven in the Champions League this season that we can compete with the best and we are in the last eight now and there is no reason we can't go further this season and in years to come."

Bale has been at Spurs since May 2007, having moved from Southampton as a 17-year-old.

"It's great to have Gareth sign a new contract at the club," added manager Harry Redknapp. "He is a fantastic player and the type of player we need to be keeping at Spurs.

"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.‬

"He has got his whole future ahead and he has everything going for him."

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