Tottenham star ready to stay on at club
The former Southampton player is to be offered a new deal at the end of the season, and there is an increasing likelihood that Bale will extend his current deal regardless of league position.
Bale told The Guardian, as reported by the website: “We set our agenda at the start of the season to qualify for the Champions League.
“We want to finish in the top four and it will feel like a disappointment if we don’t get there.
“The club has grown every year and I’ve become a better player every year.
“We’ve had a taste of Champions League football and that’s where we want to be again. That’s where the club needs to be to get to the next level. That’s what we’re trying to do this season to lift the club to better things.
“I want to play at the highest level possible and be playing against the best teams in the world. I think the club is going in the right direction. All our objectives are the same, we just have to try to achieve them now.”
The PFA Player of the Year has seen a successful season in a new central role, with 25 goals in all competitions, however the praise lies with the team rather than the individual according to Bale.
He added: “We’re all working well as a team. We’re all working together. The club is going in the right direction, bringing in better players every season.
“The likes of Mousa [Dembélé] and Jan [Vertonghen] have been fantastic additions to the squad and I’m sure we’ll bring in a few more players into the squad again this summer. It’s just a matter of progressing for everyone and reaching our targets.
“We’re all of a similar age. We’re all around our mid-20s. We’ve been playing together for three, four, five years.
“We’ve got a good firm English base there as well, which is always important for a club like Tottenham. We’re heading in the right direction and hopefully there is still a lot more to come from the team.”
The Welshman has seen his game develop immensely this season and has been delighted by the role given by new boss Andre Villas-Boas.
He continued: “When you’re younger, you’re quite daunted by the manager. As I’ve got older, I’ve also got a lot closer and become a more important player so you speak to the manager more.
“This year I’ve been handed a lot more responsibility, which has been great. I believe I’ve been able to motivate myself and make myself a better player by it.”
Despite a scintillating season, Bale is adamant that there is still more to come and that he needs to further his game.
Bale explained: “I think you just have to keep going, keep plugging away. Even your best players – if you look at Lionel Messi, [each year] he scores more goals than he has any other year. Cristiano Ronaldo is the same.
“There is still plenty more to improve. I just have to keep my focus at this level and take it further.”