Gareth Bale has assured Tottenham fans he has no intention of quitting the club and promised them even better performances than his stunning one-man assault on Inter Milan.
Spurs' determination to hang onto their prize asset will be almost certainly tested when the transfer window reopens, especially after Inter president Massimo Moratti confirmed his interest in the 21-year-old sensation following Wednesday night's Champions League clash at the San Siro.
But Bale believes there is no better place than White Hart Lane for him to continue improving, crediting manager Harry Redknapp for his transformation from club jinx to hat-trick hero in just two years.
Bale's early Tottenham career saw him play a record 24 Premier League matches without being on the winning side. But Redknapp's decision to move the Wales star from left-back to left wing has made him one of the most sought-after young players around. Spurs rebuffed an approach for Bale during the last transfer window and it would be no surprise to see an avalanche of mega-money bids in January.
Bale is refusing to contemplate plying his trade anywhere but White Hart Lane, saying in the Evening Standard: "I don't read into anything said about me. I am just happy playing week in, week out for Tottenham and learning my football here. I am happy and I want to keep playing. I don't take any interest in what is written about me because I think it's best to keep your feet on the ground, go to training and learn and also learn in the games every week.
"Hopefully, there is still a lot more to come from me. I am still young and still learning and I want to keep getting better and better. That's all I want to do. The manager has given me the chance to play and I am grateful for that. In training, we have worked on things and more things are coming into my game. I just want to keep playing every week because that is the most important thing - that's when you learn the most."