Gareth Bale pays tribute to Andre Villas-Boas after scooping PFA double

Gareth Bale pays ribute to Andre Villas-Boas after the Tottenham Hotspur winger wins both PFA player of the year awards

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Andre Villas-Boas's side are fifth in the Premier League table Photo: The Sport Review

Gareth Bale paid tribute to the “fantastic” Andre Villas-Boas after the Tottenham winger became only the third man to win the PFA player of the year and young player of the year awards in the same season.

The 23-year-old Wales international beat off competition from the likes of Luis Suárez and Robin van Persie to win the senior prize, which he also scooped in 2011.

And Bale said: “When you look at the list there are some massive names on it but I couldn’t have done it without the team. They have been fantastic this year and so has the manager.

“I couldn’t have won it without them so I would like to give them all a big thank-you as well.”

He continued: “It’s a massive honour. To be voted by your peers is one of the biggest things in the game. It’s great to win it and I am delighted.

“The other nominees have been unbelievable, they have been outstanding for their clubs and it’s a massive moment to win, especially as it’s both awards and it’s something that I’m extremely proud of.”

Bale has been in sensational form this term, scoring 19 Premier League goals for Spurs, including the opener against Wigan Athletic in Saturday’s 2-2 draw at the DW Stadium.

MORE: Twitter reacts as Bale wins both PFA awards

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