Gareth Bale thanks Tottenham boss Redknapp for transforming his career

06 October 2010 10:27
[LNB]Gareth Bale admits he owes a debt of gratitude to Harry Redknapp after the Spurs winger's transformation saw him crowned Welsh Footballer of the Year.[LNB]Bale's career at Tottenham was heading nowhere before the 21-year-old winger was thrown a lifeline by Redknapp at the turn of the year.[LNB]The Welshman's sparking form has since seen him linked to a number of Europe's top clubs, including Real Madrid.[LNB] White hot form: Gareth Bale celebrates scoring Spurs fourth goal against FC Twente in the midweek Champions League match [LNB]And Bale, who once was branded a bad-luck charm having failed to winin 24 league games, said: 'It's been a great year - I just don't wantit to stop. Ever since I got my chance in January I've just tried toenjoy it. [LNB]'Perhaps I was trying to impress too much before that, rather thanrelax and just playing. Harry has played a massive role. He gave thechance and I've gone from there.[LNB]'I wanted to prove things and show the world I was capable ofplaying in the Premier League. Hopefully I've done that. But I thinkthere's still more I can do. I want to improve rather than stand still.'[LNB] Dragon: Gareth Bale (left) is one of a number of players that proves Welsh football has a bright future[LNB]Bale has turned his attentions to breathing life into Wales' Euro 2012 qualifying campaign.[LNB]Under caretaker boss Brian Flynn, Wales need to beat Bulgaria onFriday night to have any chance of being in the Group G shake-up[LNB]Bale added: 'Like myself, many of the players have worked with Brianthrough the Under-21s. He has a great track record with them andthere's no reason why he can't do the same with us.'[LNB] Bale isn't leaving Tottenham for Real Madrid, Redknapp tells MourinhoMartin Samuel: Harry - England bosses are not mugs, we're not thickSchool of (no) hard knocks: Bale was excused from rugby for being skinny... TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR FC

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