Tottenham Hotspur star Gareth Bale and Manchester United's Robin van Persie have been included in UEFA's ten-man provisional shortlist for European Player of the Year.

Bale has already won a treble of Premier League awards - including the PFA's and Football Writers' Player of the Year titles last season - and was the second top goal-scorer in the division behind Van Persie.

Meanwhile, the Dutchman is the only other representative of English football, with three La Liga forwards and five Bundesliga players also named as contenders for the award Michel Platini inaugurated in 2011.

Previous recipients Andres Iniesta and Lionel Messi are once again mooted as potential winners, alongside fellow favourite and Real Madrid rival Cristiano Ronaldo.

However, the UEFA Champions League and German double holders Bayern Munich dominate the list, with Arjen Robben, Franck Ribery, Thomas Muller and Bastian Schweinsteiger all mentioned.

Pep Guardiola's much discussed transfer target, Robert Lewandowski of Borussia Dortmund, makes up the quintet of German league players on the shortlist. 

Paris Saint-Germain striker Zlatan ibrahimovic is the only Ligue 1 hotshot to be considered for Player of the Year and the winner is due to be announced before the Champions League group stage draw next month.

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