Gareth Bale signs new Tottenham contract despite Barca interest
GARETH Bale has signed a new four-year contract at Tottenham.
The Wales winger has committed himself to White Hart Lane until 2016, ending speculation over his future amid interest from rival clubs at home and abroad.
"I've been here for five years now and I've enjoyed every minute," Bale said. "The fans have been great to me and I'd love to re-pay them and do the very best for them.
"Tottenham is progressing and I want to be a part of that, so it was great to get the deal done.
"I love the club and the fans and I want to play my part in trying to get us back into the Champions League - where we belong.
"We’ve a good, young squad and we need to work together to get back on the biggest stage again."
Barcelona and Real Madrid were among the clubs linked with Bale, 22, who is willing to remain at Tottenham despite their failure to qualify for the Champions League.
Spurs finished fourth in the Premier League last season but missed out on Europe's top club competition after Chelsea won the trophy.