Gareth Bale is already brimming with excitement at the prospect of beginning the new Premier League season after Tottenham were paired with Newcastle on the opening weekend of the campaign.

Spurs will travel to the Sports Direct Arena under the stewardship of a new manager following the sacking of Harry Redknapp last week, with the aim of beginning the season more competently than the previous one.

The White Hart Lane club suffered a 3-0 defeat at Old Trafford in their first league match last season, while their second game ended in a 5-1 loss to Manchester City.

Although Newcastle will not represent as tough an encounter as last season's opener, Alan Pardew's side will be a difficult proposition for Spurs.

Bale, meanwhile, is wary of the threat the Magpies will pose, particularly given their impressive performances during the previous campaign, in which they finished fifth in the Premier League.

“It will be difficult, especially away from home, but it’s a good early test for us,” Bale told the official Tottenham website. “It’s important to get off to a good start.

“Newcastle had a fine season. No-one really expected them to be right up there and maintain it throughout the season.

“They’ve some great players and it will be a case of keeping those players quiet and trying to impose our game plan.”

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