Gareth Bale eyes Champions League repeat with Tottenham

Spurs winger targets second season in Europe with Londoners after he was named PFA Player of the Year

Martin Caparrotta
By Martin Caparrotta
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Gareth Bale has scored 11 goals for Spurs this season Photo: Andor Kish

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Tottenham Hotspur winger Gareth Bale insists Spurs are fully focused on qualifying for next season’s Champions League.

Harry Redknapp’s men currently lie three points behind fourth-placed Manchester City with a game in hand and seven fixtures left to play.

And Bale, who was named PFA Player of the Year on Sunday, is desperate for the north Londoners to seal another season in Europe’s premier club competition after their memorable run was ended by Real Madrid at the quarter-final stage.

“I think with me playing for Wales, the Champions League is going to be the highest level I will be playing at the moment,” said the 21-year-old.

“It is important for me to be playing at the highest level and playing against the best players to improve and test myself, and that is the most important thing for us this season.”

The former Southampton youngster added: “The Champions League is still wide open for us and hopefully we can get it.”

Bale was rewarded for his string of fine performances for Tottenham this season when he beat off competition from six other players to scoop the prestigious PFA Player of the Year award.

The midfielder has scored seven Premier League goals this season and played an instrumental role in Spurs’ impressive run in Europe.

“At the beginning, I wasn’t really playing much but I always believed in myself that if I did get a run in the team, which I eventually did, I would be able to prove what I can do,” he said. “That did happen and I kind of never looked back from there.

“Playing in a good team with good players definitely helped me a lot and all the boys have been fantastic, the manager has been fantastic giving me my chance, and it is something I want to improve on.”

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