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Bale hints he's staying at Tottenham this summer

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Gareth Bale has dropped another hint that he is willing to stay at Tottenham this summer by heaping praise upon Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas.

Bale's future looks set to be the subject of intense transfer speculation this summer, with Real Madrid keen on landing the forward.

Bale hit an impressive 21 goals in the Premier League last season, but Tottenham still narrowly missed out on Champions League qualification during Villas-Boas first season in north London.

That has opened up the prospect of Madrid making a move for the 23-year-old, and although Spurs have reportedly offered Bale a new one-year contract extension, the Spanish giants are said to be preparing a record-breaking £85m offer to land their man.

However Bale, who hinted in the aftermath of Spurs' 5th place finish that he would still be at White Hart Lane next season, says he is happy to be working under Villas-Boas and is excited for the future in north London.

"He [Villas-Boas] has helped me in all aspects of my game," Bale told Spurs TV. 

"In training we have been working on things that I can do in games and in games he has given me the confidence to do what I want and do what I do best, which is a massive thing for a player.

"Everyone was excited about him coming in. He is a young manager and he has got a great past at Porto. Maybe not so much at Chelsea but given time, like he has been this season, he has shown what a good manager he is. It has been a very exciting time for the club.

"He has tried his new tactics, his new style of play with us. Sometimes it does take a bit of time just to get used to it and at the start of the season I think that was a bit difficult. But we adapted and got stronger and stronger."

Bale scooped both the PFA Player and Young Player of the Year prizes last term for his spectacular efforts.

The former Southampton man says he notices a difference when he plays away from White Hart Lane now - but says he relishes the extra attention.

"I get more abuse than anyone away from home," he explained. "You get used to it. I suppose it's a compliment, that they don't want you doing anything good, they try to put you off. It's all good fun and games."

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