Bale commits future to Spurs as world’s finest come calling

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Gareth Bale continues to dominate both the front and back pages of the British media after two strong performances on the European stage, and will proceed to do so after committing his future to his London club.

The 21-year-old said: “I am very happy at Tottenham and don’t see the need to move anywhere else.”

The declaration is a huge boost for the club who are looking to consistently challenge with the best in Europe.

Tottenham Hotspur’s manager Harry Redknapp has been singing the praises of his young Welsh winger, and Bale’s total domination of the Inter defence has set the tone for the future of Spurs.

Redknapp knows that he must keep his best players if he wants to break into the top four regularly, and the acquisition of Rafael Van der Vaart, along with the form of Bale suggests Spurs are capable of challenging for the Premier League title.

Winning the Premier League this season, Spurs are 80/1 to do so, is highly unlikely, but after proving they can mix it with the Champions of Europe, just a couple of summer signings could see Spurs challenge at the top of the Premier League next season.

Meanwhile, Spurs are top of their Champions’ League group and a home win against Werder Bremen will put them through to the knock-out stages and the London club have seen their price to win the Champions League cut to 20/1.

Redknapp’s side travel to Bolton on the weekend and are 11/8 to win at the Reebok, but the European hangover could haunt Spurs once again and Bolton are 11/8 to beat Spurs.

However Spurs have picked up 10 points from a possible 15 after their five Champions League ties this season and Redknapp will be confident of picking up the three points.

Bolton and Spurs are 9/4 to share the spoils. See the full Barclays Premier League betting odds here.

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Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.