Bale hints he's planning to stick with Spurs
Gareth Bale has given the clearest hint since Tottenham Hotspur failed to qualify for the Champions League that he will remain at White Hart Lane next season.
Tottenham are due to play an exhibition game in the Bahamas today and Bale (pictured) spoke yesterday of how the club must quickly recover from their disappointment and take the lessons of this season into their next campaign.
"It's disappointing, but we will pick ourselves up again," Bale said. "We will just have to regroup and give it another go. The team and the manager have been great. We have got the record points for the club in the Premier League. That would normally be enough to qualify for the Champions League, but it's not meant to be again. It's something we have to learn from, we are a young squad, and we will take it into the future."
Spurs are preparing a new £150,000-a-week contract offer for Bale that would make him the highest paid player in the club's history. The expectation is that Bale will stay for at least one more season, although the situation is likely to be tested this summer by Real Madrid.
Bale (23) rounded off an outstanding season on Sunday by scoring the winner against Sunderland – his 26th goal of the campaign. "It was obviously great to sign off with a great goal in the last minute, but circumstances made it hard to celebrate," he said. "To play the way we have but to miss out on our objective is very disappointing. It was great to get the win but the clouds just came over and made it a little bit duller." (© Daily Telegraph, London)