Bale: Tottenham can reach Champions League

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Gareth Bale insists Tottenham have the talents at their disposal to secure Champions League football again this season, despite their rocky start under new boss Andre Villas-Boas.

Spurs looked to have booked their place in this season’s competition after finishing fourth in the Premier League last time round only to be edged out at the last minute by Chelsea, something which ultimately cost former boss Harry Redknapp his job.

Villas-Boas was named as his successor soon after, and embarked upon a massive overhaul of the squad that had secured two top four finishes in three seasons, with key figures such as Luka Modric and Rafael Van der Vaart departing.

Having failed to pick up a win in their first three games, Spurs secured three points against Reading on Sunday, and Bale believes they now have the squad to target a top four place this term.

"I'm enjoying my football, we've got a great squad now and hopefully next season we can get Champions League football, where we should be,” Bale said after scoring in the 3-1 win at the Madejski Stadium.

Spurs recently completed their move to a new state-of-the-art training complex in Enfield, and Bale believes the excitement over the move has given the north London club renewed belief they can embark on a run of form that will carry them up the table.

"We didn't have a great start last year and we were in a similar position this year," Bale said. "We went on a run last season and there's no reason why we can't do it this year.

"It feels like a new club at the moment with the new training ground. It has excited everybody, and has brought everybody up again."

Spurs’ poor run of form towards the end of last season eventually cost them dear as they missed out on third place and guaranteed Champions League football by just one point to rivals Arsenal.

During that period it was reported that Bale was considering his future at White Hart Lane, however the Welshman insists he never considered leaving the club he joined from Southampton in 2007.

"No. I've always been focused on my game, playing football, and I'm enjoying myself here at the moment so there's no reason to go anywhere,” he said.

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