Bale thanks Tottenham boss Villas-Boas

Tottenham Hotspur winger Gareth Bale has thanks Head Coach Andre Villas-Boas for helping him to improve as a player, the Daily Mirror has reported, with the newspaper claiming the Wales international’s comments suggest he will not be leaving White Hart Lane for Real Madrid in the near future.

Bale waxed lyrical about Villas-Boas’ influence since he was appointed to succeed Harry Redknapp a year ago, thanking the Portuguese for bringing the best out of him after a season in which Bale was widely felt to be the Player of the Year, winning a number of individual prizes to that effect.

He has helped me in all aspects of my game,” Bale said. “In training, we have been working on things that I can do in games and in games he has given me the confidence to do what I want and do what I do best, which is a massive thing for a player.

Madrid have been strongly linked with an £85m move for the former Southampton player, with Madrid president Florentino Perez claiming Bale was “born to play” at the Santiago Bernabeu. But Bale appears content to continue his career under Villas-Boas.

Everyone was excited about him coming in,” Bale added. “He is a young manager and he has got a great past at Porto [winning the Portuguese title and the Europa League].

Maybe not so much at Chelsea [where Villas-Boas lasted a matter of months] but, given time, like he has been this season, he has shown what a good manager he is. It has been a very exciting time for the club.

Bale also thanked his teammates for enabling him to produce the kind of performances that delivered a string of individual accolades, including both PFA player of the year awards. “It has been an amazing season for me, but it has been a great team effort.

We have grown as a team all season. I think that helped me individually, and that is why I am able to play so well and get my awards.

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