Bale signs new Spurs deal

  • Last Updated: June 27 2012, 18:37 BST

Gareth Bale has signed a new four-year contract at Tottenham, the Barclays Premier League club have announced.

Gareth Bale: Extends Spurs stay

The Wales winger has committed himself to White Hart Lane until 2016, ending speculation over his future amid interest from rival clubs at home and abroad.

"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.

Barcelona and Real Madrid were among the clubs linked with Bale, who is willing to remain at Tottenham despite their failure to qualify for the Champions League.

Spurs finished fourth in the Premier League last season but missed out on Europe's top club competition after Chelsea won the trophy.

Bale, 22, is determined to help bring Champions League football back to White Hart Lane.

"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 re-pay 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 has featured in the PFA Premier League team of the year for the last two seasons and in last year's UEFA team of the year.

The £7million signing from Southampton has scored 29 goals in 160 appearances for Tottenham and rose to prominence in the 2009-2010 season, when he helped secure their Champions League debut.

Bale's decision to stay is a significant coup for Spurs, who are in a state of flux following the departure of manager 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 the new manager will be resolving the future of Luka Modric, who has been strongly linked with a transfer to Real Madrid.

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.