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Bale: I can only get better

by Michelle Fortune , 15 February 2013

Gareth Bale has been playing out of his skin in recent weeks but the Tottenham winger believes he can get even better as his career progresses.


Bale scored twice, including one late effort, as Tottenham defeated Lyon in the first leg of the Europa League round of 32 tie and his brace means the Welshman has scored his side's last four goals.

The 23-year-old believes he is in the best form of his life but, worryingly for defenders in the Premier League, he is confident he can continue to improve.

"It's probably the best I've been playing so far in my career," he said.

"I'm enjoying my football and the team's playing well, which obviously makes it easier for me. I've just got to keep my head down, keep working hard, keep trying to keep my form.

"I've still got a lot of improvement. I know what I've got to do, season after season improving in all areas. I just want to keep doing that, keep working hard and, hopefully, keep getting better."

Bale was quick to play down his recent exploits in front of goal, insisting the whole team deserves credit for the way they are playing at the moment.

"I think we work as a team on the pitch, I'm just lucky enough to be getting the goals at the moment," he said.

"So, yeah, we worked hard as a team again tonight. I don't think it's down to individuals but the whole team deserves credit. No-one can win the game on their own and, as I said, we just want to keep working hard and winning every game."

Andre Villas-Boas could face a fight to keep the Welshman in the summer with Real Madrid and Barcelona among those that are taking an interest in his development.

Bale could be forgiven for having his head turned at the prospect of moving to La Liga, but he insists he is not looking beyond the present.

"I'm not looking too far into the future. All I'm concentrating on is each game, trying to work my best for the team and seeing what I can. I don't take too much notice, I'm concentrating on every game as it comes and just hoping I can keep my form going," he added.

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