Gareth Bale has said that he would swap his two PFA awards for a spot in the top four with Tottenham Hotspur.
The Welshmen was crowned PFA Player of the Year and PFA Young Player of the Year on Sunday night after a stellar season for Tottenham.
The 23-year-old became only the third player to win both awards in the same season following Andy Gray who managed it in 1977 and more recently Cristiano Ronaldo in 2007; and Bale became only the fifth player to have won the main prize twice with Alan Shearer, Thierry Henry, Cristiano Ronaldo and Mark Hughes all having won it twice.
However, Bale has stated that the awards mean little if the team do not reach the Champions League next season and said he would swap his awards in favour of a top four finish.
Speaking to reporters he said: “‘I definitely would. Overall we have been doing fantastic this season. We have grown up together, the confidence is there. We are still young, we are improving every season. Hopefully we can reach our ambitions, which we know we can achieve.”
Bale has scored 29 goals for club and country this season and his performances have led to speculation that he will be joining Real Madrid in the summer, a move which Bale has tried to play down: “I just take no notice, it's all speculation, I can't do anything about it.
“I just concentrate on my football and play as well as I can and do my best for the team.”
Spurs manager Andre Villas Boas believes that he may lose Bale if they do fail to qualify for the Champions League next season and will be hoping that even if they do manage to qualify they will be able to hold on to their star player.
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