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Humble Bale targets free role improvement

9 May 2013 23:12

Tottenham's Gareth Bale believes there is more to come from him despite his recent awards haul.

The Wales international received his Football Writers' Association Footballer of the Year award on Thursday to add to his two PFA awards.

Bale said: "When you look at all of the past winners, the legends of the game, and to be on the list with them now is a massive privilege.

"You always dream of things like this. It is a massive achievement for me, but one I could have not done without my team or my manager."

Bale has moved forward from left-back in the last two seasons to devastating effect, with a central free role harvesting 20 Premier League goals this season.

The former Southampton player added: "Hopefully there is a lot more (to come). I have only just started in my new free role in the middle.

"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, 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."

Spurs need to win their last two games and hope fierce rivals Arsenal and Chelsea drop points in order to finish in the top four to secure lucrative UEFA Champions League football.

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

"The team has been fantastic this season and we have played some very good stuff. I have really enjoyed my football and been able to play well.

"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."

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