Tottenham midfielder Gareth Bale, who has been linked with a move to Real Madrid, has said that he is playing through the pain barrier in order to help Tottenham finish in the top four this season. Tottenham are currently battling along with Chelsea and Arsenal to finish in the top four of the Premier league, which will give them the ability to play in the Champions League group stages next season. Tottenham have been in the group stages once in the history of the competition. It is seen as a vital need for the club to keep players like Gareth Bale.
The Welsh winger, who is amongst the six nominated for the PFA player of the year awards, was recently injured in the Europa league encounter against FC Basel. Tottenham were knocked out of the competition in the quarter-final stage, thus leaving them with only the league to concentrate in the remaining two months of the season. He has been having one of the best seasons with Tottenham. Signed from Southampton for around £ 5 million, Bale has scored 23 goals in all competitions for the club.
He has also managed several assists along the way as well. The ankle ligament damage suffered against Basel is causing him problems, but he is playing through the pain according to the player.
“It was touch and go whether I was going to play – but thankfully I got through it okay. It was a bit sore in the first half but I got more confident in the second half. It hurts but it’s just about managing it and carrying on. All three goals were important. The first gave us belief, the second killed them and the third one just sealed it so it was a great comeback. We showed great character and hopefully we can carry that on in the last five games,” said Bale.
The Tottenham midfielder Gareth Bale was recently booked for the fourth time this season for diving. The Welsh winger and the Liverpool striker Luiz Suarez have been the most scrutinised when it comes to driving this season, but the Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers thinks that his player has been affected more often than not.
Bale will be coming up against Liverpool during the weekend. He received the yellow card for simulation in the 3-0 win over Inter Milan in the midweek Europa league action. Suarez is not too far behind Bale when it comes to getting bookings for diving. Read more »
The Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has said that people should not get carried away with the current form of the Tottenham winger Gareth Bale, who has been compared with the likes of Ronaldo and Messi in the last few weeks. Bale has managed to score seven goals in his last five appearances in all competitions. He has also managed to score from several free kicks this season. This has led to people comparing him to Messi and Ronaldo, who are widely regarded as the two best players in the world. However, Wenger feels that Bale still has a long way to go before he can be considered as the best player in the world.
He has said that Messi has won numerous Champions League and league titles over the years, while he also managed score almost 100 goals in the last calendar year. Bale, meanwhile, is yet to win the league title in his career. The 23-year-old recently scored his seventh goal in five matches with a wonderful freekick in the last minute against Lyon in the Europa league to hand Tottenham a 2-1 advantage in the first leg. Bale has linked with the likes of Manchester United, Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Bayern Munich over the years.
“Bale has the potential to develop and become the players that you compare him to. However, Messi has won two or three Champions League, a few championships, scored 95 goals in a year, so let’s not go too quick. You are always very quick here, but let’s slow down a little bit. It was Walcott and Bale, and we were at some stage on (about) taking the two if possible, but we could get Walcott and I am very happy we got him,” said Wenger, who also said that he is happy with signing Walcott instead of Bale.
The Manchester United defender Phil Jones has said that his teammates should be warned about the Welsh winger Gareth Bale. Bale is regarded as one of the best players in the world and his presence will certainly boost Tottenham in the match with the London club during the weekend according to Jones. Gareth Bale has already been responsible for helping Tottenham secure a victory over Manchester United earlier in the season. Bale scored in the 3-2 victory for Tottenham at Old Trafford, which came after more than two decades of suffering defeat at the stadium.
Tottenham are flying high in the league and currently competing with Chelsea and Arsenal for the fourth spot. United will be coming into the match after having seen their lead at the top of the table cut down to just four points. Tottenham have not suffered a defeat for almost 2 months now. Bale has made 19 appearances for the club this season and scored 9 goals. He recently said that he wants Tottenham to complete an unlikely double over Manchester United. Even though there are several good players within the Tottenham squad, Jones has said that his teammates should be especially wary of the threat from Gareth Bale.
“It’ll be a test for whoever comes up against Gareth Bale – he’s a great player. They have a lot of good individual players, but if we work collectively as a team hopefully we can stop him,” said Jones on the official site of Manchester United ahead of the match. “Another big game at the Lane tomorrow. We’ve not done the double over United for soooo long, so it’s time to change that,” said Bale on his Twitter account. United have not suffered a defeat in all competitions since the defeat against CFR Cluj early in December.
The Tottenham winger Gareth Bale has said that he will certainly consider the possibility of moving to and overseas club in the future, thus opening the door to a move to either Real Madrid or Barcelona. The Welshman has been rated as one of the best players in the world with a number of high-profile clubs like Barcelona Real Madrid, Manchester United, and Manchester City showing interest in the player. However, it is thought that he would be extremely interested in moving to a foreign country to experience new cultures. Spanish clubs are the only favourites for this deal due to the transfer fees that he would command.
After a number of rumours linking him with a move to Real Madrid in the summer transfer window, he finally signed a new four-year contract with the club that will run until 2016. He is now the highest-paid player at the club, but even that falls way below the standards set by the likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona. Gareth Bale is thought to be on a contract worth around only £ 75,000 per week, which is pale in comparison with the £ 200,000 per week enjoyed by some of the Real Madrid players. The Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas, though, has categorically stated that the club will not sell the player.
“It would be nice to experience other leagues and other cultures. I’m not afraid to go abroad. If the time comes and a team that’s right comes in for me, then I’ll look at it seriously. I’ll see what happens,” said Gareth Bale in a recent interview. Due to the recent negotiations between Tottenham and Real Madrid over the sale of Luka Modric, it is thought to be the Madrid club who were in pole position to sign the player in the coming seasons.
Gareth Bale returned into the Tottenham team and scored a goal to help his team achieve a close victory over Southampton in a Premier League match played at St. Mary’s Stadium on Sunday. Tottenham won the match by a close margin of 2-1. This victory took the Spurs to no. 4 in the points table. Tottenham currently has 17 points in 9 matches.
Gareth Bale wasn’t able to feature for Tottenham in the last couple of games because he had to spend time with his wife who has given the birth to a daughter. Tottenham missed him a lot in the last two games. In the game against Chelsea, Tottenham got defeated by 4-2, while, in the following game against NK Maribor, the Spurs managed to secure only one point. The Wales winger made a comeback into the team in this match and his comeback certainly strengthened the Tottenham team.
Bale scored the opening goal for Tottenham in the 15th minute of the match. Tom Huddlestone set up the goal and Bale deflected the ball into the net with a header. Tottenham’s lead got doubled in the 39th minute with the goal of Clint Dempsey. Aaron Lennon passed the ball to Jermain Defoe who beat Maya Yoshida and gave the ball to Dempsey who blasted it home to give Tottenham a lead of 2-0. There were no more goals scored in the first half.
In the second half, the Southampton team started well and managed to reduce the lead to 2-1 in the 66th minute when Jay Rodriguez gave the finishing touch to a fine corner kick from Fonte. The Southampton team got a couple more goal scoring opportunities after that, but, they didn’t manage to capitalize on those chances and remained trailed by 2-1 right till the end.
This was the fifth victory for Tottenham in the ongoing Premier League. Tottenham’s next match will be a Capital One Cup encounter against Norwich City on Wednesday.
The Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas has said that he feels that the star midfielder Gareth Bale is not at his best when used in the left back position. Tottenham manager AVB recently decided to use the 24-year-old former Southampton winger in the left back position, and told Tottenham Football News that he was impressed with the results. It was the position he started his career, but was eventually moved to the midfield role by the former Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp. He has become one of the best wingers in the world after being moved to the midfield position.
For the recent match against QPR, the manager Andre Villas-Boas decided to use him in the left back position with a view of increasing the attacking threat within the team.
However, it was quite visible after the first half that it was a tactic that did not work. Andre Villas-Boas immediately changed the tactics by moving the player back into the midfield position in the second half. QPR had taken the lead in the first half, which would have condemned Tottenham to yet another defeat in the Premier league. However, switching the tactics brought out the desired effect within the team and Tottenham managed a comfortable 2-1 win over QPR. Speaking after the match, the manager said that it was not the right decision to use the player in the defensive positions.
“We decided to play with Gareth at left-back because we thought he would give us more width. But we were much more steady in the second half when we made changes,” said the Tottenham manager after the match. Tottenham have made a poor start to the new season after not winning any of the first three matches. However, they have recently had success in the form of back-to-back wins over Reading and QPR. They have pushed them to the top half of the table.
Tottenham’s Gareth Bale has refused to comment on Liverpool midfielder Charlie Adam after the two clashed in Saturday’s pre season friendly Baltimore.
The players have a history as it was Adam who prematurely ended the Welshman’s 2010-11 season following a reckless lunge which saw Bale injured for three months.
A second aggressive challenge by Scotsman Adam in Saturday’s exhibition resulted in Bale again being stretchered off; once again concerned that injury could keep him out of action for an extended period.
Following that challenge, which Bale considered a deliberate attempt to cause injury, the Welsh winger branded Adam “a bit of a coward”, saying “I was surprised to see a challenge like that in a friendly. We’re all over here to build our fitness and get a good workout and what he did was over the top, to be honest. But some people are like that and it’s just wrong.”
These comments sparked a war of words with Adam and his representatives, with Kenny Moyes, agent of the former Blackpool man, responding angrily to the quotes:
“Everyone in football knows he has no malice or anything like that in him. For someone to have a go like that is outrageous. It was schoolboyish for them to come out and say that”
It would seem that Bale is keen to move on from the incident, but is not yet ready to forgive and forget. He was asked about Adam during a press conference following his side’s most recent game of their American tour, to which he responded:
“People like that are not worth commenting on, to be honest. He knows what he’s done wrong himself, so we’ll just leave it.”
It is unclear whether or not these comments will draw a line under this particular spat, but Tottenham will be relieved that their star man has not been badly injured as first feared and should be fully fit for the start of the new season.
Tottenham midfielder Gareth Bale has said that he is extremely surprised that former Manchester United, Real Madrid and AC Milan midfielder David Beckham was left out of the Team GB squad for the Olympics. The 35-year-old former England international has previously stated that it would be a dream come true if he was to represent the team GB at the London Olympics 2012. However, he was left out of the squad by manager Stuart Pearce. This has surprised a lot including Welsh star Gareth Bale, who has said that he is extremely surprised that David Beckham will not be part of the London Olympics.
The LA Galaxy midfielder is coming to the end of his stellar career during which he has achieved a lot of honours. However, it would have been the pinnacle in an extraordinary career if he was playing at the London Olympics 2012. Each team is allowed to select three players over the age of 23. Gareth Bale himself has said that he is extremely disappointed not to take part in the competition. He was ruled out prior to the start of the tournament after suffering a back injury. He was expected to be one of the first picks for the competition.
“I was very surprised. I think he’s done a lot to get the Olympics to London. But, after that he’s a great player, he’s been playing well for LA Galaxy, and I think pretty much the whole nation’s a bit disappointed he wasn’t in the team. It’ll be an amazing experience to have it in our home city, and hopefully I’ll be able to go and watch one or two events and it’ll be very exciting,” said Gareth Bale. He was linked with a £ 50 million move to Barcelona in the summer, but he recently committed to a four-year deal with Tottenham.
Gareth Bale’s Tottenham future has been thrown into doubt after he admitted that he will be holding talks with the club officials soon after returning from holiday. Gareth Bale has also said that he will be seeking assurances from the club that they will continue to challenge for the top four.
Tottenham finished in the top four this season, but they were denied a spot in the group stages of the Champions League next season after Chelsea’s win over Bayern Munich in the final of the competition. Tottenham had many opportunities to finish in the top three, which would have given them the chance to compete in the group stages of the Champions League.
However, poor form in the last few months of the campaign meant that Arsenal pipped them to the third position. Gareth Bale said a few months ago that he wanted to play in the Champions League because it meant a lot to him after having tasted the same with Tottenham a few seasons ago. Now that Tottenham have missed out on the Champions League, speculation has been rife that Gareth Bale will be subject to transfer interest from Barcelona and Real Madrid. Manchester City are also interested in the Welsh winger and are prepared to pay up to £ 45 million for his services.
Gareth Bale is on a contract worth around £ 30,000 per week, which is one of the lowest in the Premier league. Manchester City will be willing to offer up to £ 150,000 per week. In order to compete against such huge sums, Tottenham will need the lure of Champions League football. Since they do not have it at the moment, the club are willing to offer up to £ 80,000 per week for Gareth Bale to stay at White Hart Lane.