Gareth Bale thanks Tottenham boss Redknapp for transforming his career

06 October 2010 10:27

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.

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.

The Welshman's sparking form has since seen him linked to a number of Europe's top clubs, including Real Madrid.

White hot form: Gareth Bale celebrates scoring Spurs fourth goal against FC Twente in the midweek Champions League match

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.

'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.

'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.'

Dragon: Gareth Bale (left) is one of a number of players that proves Welsh football has a bright future

Bale has turned his attentions to breathing life into Wales' Euro 2012 qualifying campaign.

Under caretaker boss Brian Flynn, Wales need to beat Bulgaria onFriday night to have any chance of being in the Group G shake-up

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.'

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