Gareth Bale has insisted he is fully focused on helping Tottenham Hotspurs get back into the Champions League, with the Welshman dismissing claims he could yet join Real Madrid before the start of the new season.
After a memorable campaign in which Bale swept the board at the end-of-season awards, winning the Players’ Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year, Bale has put established himself as one of the hottest properties in world football.
The Welsh winger has been tracked by the Spanish giants for a couple of years now, with many expecting Real to make their move to sign Bale this summer and test Spurs’ resolve.
But no official bid has yet been made by Real, and Bale has made it clear he isn’t thinking about anything other than helping Spurs achieve their targets this season.
“I am hoping to improve from last season. Every season I want to keep improving and keep becoming a better player, I have more experience now. For me I need to keep working hard on the training pitch and on game days, and hopefully progress as a player and become even better.”
“I think everyone at the club wants us to finish in the top four, the club wants to be in the top four, and we need to go one better this season and finish in the top four,” admitted Bale.
If Tottenham do begin the season with Bale still in their ranks, then it will be the best piece of transfer business done by any European club this summer.
With Bale in the team, alongside the quality players Andre Villas-Boas still hopes to add to the squad before the window closes, this Spurs side could well be dark horses to mount a genuine title challenge this season.