Andre Villas-Boas hails ‘outstanding’ Gareth Bale after PFA double

Andre Villas-Boas heaps praise on Gareth Bale after watching his Tottenham star collect both of the main PFA awards

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Gareth Bale has scored 19 league goals for Tottenham this season Photo: Back Page Images

Andre Villas-Boas was gushing with praise for Gareth Bale after watching the Tottenham winger pick up a PFA awards double on Sunday night.

Bale becomes only the third man to win both the young and senior player of the year awards in the same season, following in the footsteps of Cristiano Ronaldo and Andy Gray.

The 23-year-old, who has scored 19 Premier League goals for Spurs this term, beat off competition from the likes of Luis Suárez and Robin van Persie to win the senior prize for the second time after picking up the accolade in 2011.

And his manager Villas-Boas was delighted to see Bale scoop both prizes.

“He’s been excellent this season,” Villas-Boas told Sky Sports News. “Obviously the team is decisive always on his performances too but the player’s been amazing.

“[He’s been] really dedicated to his job and what he’s been doing and I think for the amazing year that he’s had, he deserves both awards.

“His form has been outstanding and [for] a player who has developed so much in the year, I think this type of recognition comes at the right time and full of merit.

“I’m extremely happy for him because he’s been fighting hard to get through a couple of injuries this season, but especially for him also in his personal life.

“It’s good to see him receive these two awards.”

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