Friday 28 November 2014

Player of the year Bale focused on Spurs

Published 29/04/2013 | 06:57

Gareth Bale said he is taking no notice of speculation linking him with a move away from White Hart Lane
Gareth Bale said he is taking no notice of speculation linking him with a move away from White Hart Lane

Newly-crowned PFA Player of the Year Gareth Bale dismissed talk of a summer transfer to Real Madrid as "speculation".

Tottenham forward Bale picked up his second Professional Footballers' Association (PFA) Player of the Year Award on Sunday.

The 23-year-old, who has scored 29 goals for club and country this term, also won the Young Player of the Year award, making him the first player since Cristiano Ronaldo to do the double at the prestigious awards night at the Grosvenor Hotel in central London.

"It's a massive honour," the Welshman said. "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."

Ronaldo scooped both the young player and the main award in 2007, some 30 years after Andy Gray become the first professional to do so.

Bale won the senior award two seasons ago when he shot to fame with a series of scintillating displays domestically and in the Champions League.

Now he wants to take Spurs back in to Europe's biggest club competition, but his manager Andre Villas-Boas claims he may lose the player if they do not qualify for the Champions League.

Bale insists he is not paying any attention to those who claim he is bound for the Spanish capital, though.

He said: "I just take no notice, it's all speculation, I can't do anything about it.

"I just concentrate on my football and play as well as I can and do my best for the team."

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