The signing of Paulinho has taken the focus away from Gareth Bale for a while and there was a pleasing sight for Spurs fans as the Welshman returned for pre-season training today. While nothing is definite, it is starting to look more likely that Gareth will be around for another year and the players certainly hope so as much as the club’s supporters.

“Gareth Bale is just an unbelievable player,” Brad Friedel told talkSPORT. “He’s one of the best in the world.

“As far as what’s going on in the transfer market none of the players know anything, what I can say though is that all the players want him to stay.

“He’s not only a great player, he’s a great lad. He’s fantastic in the changing room, very down to earth and everyone knows what he can do on the field.”

And here are 31 reasons why Bale is so important – this is a great clip of every goal he scored for Tottenham and Wales last season. What might be surprising is the fact that he took a while to get going but that started to change around the end of 2012 and what an incredible montage it is.



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