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Bale eyes further improvement

Football Writers' Association Footballer of the Year Gareth Bale believes he can get even better next season.

Last Updated: 09/05/13 at 22:14 Post Comment

Gareth Bale: Hoping to make further improvement

Gareth Bale: Hoping to make further improvement

The Wales international, 23, topped the 2012/13 poll of journalists with a narrow victory over Manchester United forward Robin van Persie, who was last year's recipient when at Arsenal, and received the prestigious accolade at a gala dinner in London on Thursday evening.

Bale's 25 goals in all competitions have helped take Andre Villas-Boas' men into the quarter-finals of the Europa League and kept them in the race to secure a return to the Champions League via a top-four finish in the Barclays Premier League.

Bale was also named Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year by the Professional Footballers' Association.

"Hopefully there is a lot more (to come)," the Wales forward said.

"I have only just started in my new free role in the middle, so there is still a lot to learn in that position for me, I still need to kind of figure out a few things - which is important."

As I say to myself every season, I want to improve again, there are still things I need to improve, there are things which need working on in more areas than others, and I can do that.

"Despite the setback of last night's 2-2 draw at Chelsea, Bale maintains Tottenham can head into the final two games of the Premier League season still hopeful of securing a top-four finish.

"Everyone at Tottenham still believes, we know it is not in our hands, but there are a lot of funny things which can happen in football," he said.

"The main thing is we need to concentrate on ourselves and hope that little bit of luck goes with us."

The FWA award has been running since 1948, when Sir Stanley Matthews was the first recipient of a long list which includes the likes of England World Cup winning captain Bobby Moore, the Charlton brothers, George Best, Kevin Keegan, Eric Cantona, Dennis Bergkamp, Thierry Henry and Cristiano Ronaldo,Chelsea's Juan Mata was third in the 2013 journalists poll, with Bale taking the first place with 53% of the votes ahead of Van Persie.

Bale becomes Spurs' first winner of the FWA award since David Ginola in 1999, and the first Wales international to be selected for English football's oldest individual trophy since Everton's Neville Southall in 1985.

"When you look at all of the past winners, the legends of the game, this is a massive honour, and to be on the list with them now is a massive privilege," Bale said as he received his award from FWA chairman Andy Dunn at the Lancaster London Hotel.

"You always dream of things like this, whether they come true or not is another, but now that it has, it is a massive achievement for me, but one I could have not done without my team or my manager."

The team has been fantastic this season and we have played some very good stuff, it is always easier to play in a really good team.

"The manager has been fantastic for me, playing me in different positions where I am able to find the space and actually show my stuff."I have really enjoyed my football and been able to play well."


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