Bale signs new Spurs deal
Gareth Bale is determined to propel Tottenham back into the Champions League after signing a new four-year contract.
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Barcelona, Real Madrid and Manchester City were linked with a move for Bale, but he has extended his stay at White Hart Lane by a further season until 2016.
The 22-year-old Wales winger made his decision despite Tottenham's failure to qualify for next season's Champions League.
Instead, he wants to ensure managerless Spurs are restored to Europe's elite competition for the 2013/14 campaign.
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"I love the club and the fans and I want to play my part in trying to get us back into the Champions League - where we belong."
"The club is progressing and I want to be a part of that, so it was great to get the deal done," Bale told Tottenham's official website, www.tottenhamhotspur.com.
"I've been here for five years now and I've enjoyed every minute," he said.
"The fans have been great to me and I'd love to repay them and do the very best for them.
"The club is progressing and I want to be a part of that, so it was great to get the deal done.
"I love the club and the fans and I want to play my part in trying to get us back into the Champions League - where we belong.
"We have a good, young squad and we need to work together to get back on the biggest stage."
Bale's decision to stay is a significant coup for Spurs, who are in a state of flux following the departure of Harry Redknapp last week.
Former Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas is reportedly close to succeeding Redknapp after edging France coach Laurent Blanc for the post.
A pressing concern for Villas-Boas will be resolving the future of Luka Modric, who has been strongly linked with a transfer to Real Madrid.
But the pain of losing Modric will be less acute now that Bale, a £7million signing from Southampton in 2007 who is now valued at £40million, has agreed fresh terms.
Hopes of signing Jan Vertonghen are fading, however, due to a clause in the Belgium defender's contract with Ajax.
Vertonghen is entitled to 15% of the agreed £9.5million transfer deal under the terms of his deal with the Dutch champions.
Ajax have indicated their reluctance to honour the clause and while the 25-year-old still seeks a move to Tottenham, he is resigned to staying in Amsterdam.
"This is a shame. I thought that it would be sorted out much sooner," he told Dutch newspaper Algemeen Dagblad.
"As it looks now, I'll be at Ajax on July 2. I'm hoping for a solution, but I'm not expecting a solution.
"I have one advantage: Ajax have got a good coach who knows me.
"I play in a good, stable squad. Let's become champions with Ajax for the third time in a row."
Gareth Bale factfile:
1989: Born July 16 in Cardiff.
2005: Joins Southampton as a trainee.
2006: April 17 - Aged 16 years, 275 days, becomes second-youngest footballer to play for Southampton in 2-0 Championship win against Millwall.
May - Makes Wales Under-21 debut against Cyprus. Quickly promoted to the senior squad for a friendly against Trinidad and Tobago, coming off the bench to become Wales' youngest-ever full international at 16 years and 315 days.
July 16 - Signs first professional contract with Southampton on his 17th birthday.
August 6 - Scores first goal for Saints with free-kick on opening day of the season in a 2-2 draw at Derby.
September 5 - Makes first start for Wales in 2-0 defeat to Brazil.
October 7 - Becomes Wales' youngest-ever goalscorer with a trademark free-kick in a 5-1 defeat to Slovakia.
2007: January - Bale's agent says he is happy to stay at Southampton despite Manchester United and Tottenham reportedly bidding £10million for the player.
Both clubs admit their interest.
May 25 - Bale joins Tottenham.
August 26 - Makes his first-team debut for Tottenham in a 1-0 defeat at Manchester United.
September 1 - Scores first Tottenham goal in away draw at Fulham.
September 15 - Scores in his first north London derby against Arsenal.
December 2 - Injury against Birmingham rules him out for the rest of the season.
2009: June - Undergoes knee surgery, ruling him out for the start of the 2009-10 Premier League campaign.
September 26 - Bale tastes victory as a Premier League player for the first time in 25 attempts in the 5-0 defeat of Burnley.
2010: January 26 - Secures first victory as a Premier League starter at the 23rd time of asking.
April - Scores in successive games against Arsenal and Chelsea to help Tottenham finish in the Premier League's top four. Named player of the month.
May - Signs new four-year deal for Tottenham.
August 25 - Sets up all four goals as Tottenham beat Young Boys 4-0 in the second leg of their Champions League qualifying game to progress to the group stages.
October 20 - Scores a scintillating hat-trick against Inter Milan at the San Siro.
Named Welsh player of the year by the FAW.
November 2 - Produces man-of-the-match display as Tottenham beat Inter 3-1.
2011: January 28 - Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp rules out possibility of selling Bale, amid interest from Inter.
March 19 - Bale signs new four-and-a-half-year deal with Spurs.
March 24 - Ruled out of Wales' game against England with hamstring injury.
April 17 -
Named Professional Footballers' Association Player of the Year.
2012: January - Named in the UEFA team of the year. Also named as Premier League player of the month for the second time.
June 27: Signs new four-year-contract with Spurs.