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Bale happy to continue his rise with Spurs
Gareth Bale insists he is happy at Tottenham and has suggested he is unlikely to seek a move away from White Hart Lane, even though the club are in danger of missing out on qualification for next season's Champions League.
PFA Player of the Year Bale has carried Tottenham's top four charge in recent months, with his 20 Premier League goals giving Andre Villas-Boas's men hope of beating Arsenal to a prized place in next season's elite European competition.
Now the Welshman has moved to promote the virtues of Tottenham's long-term future, even though he continues to be linked with a summer move to the likes of Real Madrid and Manchester United.
"At the end of the day, I want to play at the highest level possible and be playing against the best teams in the world, but the club is going in the right direction," Bale told the Daily Mirror. "All our objectives are the same, we just have to try and achieve them now.
"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 and what we've been trying to do this season to lift the club to better things.
"Since I came here, everything has changed. When I first arrived there was talk of a new training ground and a new stadium. As the years have gone in, it's got better and better.
"The training ground has happened and next it will be the stadium. The club is growing and I think it's growing within its own means. The club is bringing in better players every season. We're all of a similar age, around our mid-20s.
"We've got a good, firm base, which is always important for a club like Tottenham and I'm sure we'll bring a few more players in this summer. We're heading in the right direction. Hopefully there is still a lot more to come."
Bale went on to insist he has yet to reach the peak of his powers despite his sensational form this season, as he believes he is capable of scoring more goals than he has managed during this campaign.
"Every season I've improved on the season before. It's just another natural progression," he said. "I'm on an upward slope and I hopefully I can keep improving. I've just started a new position and there's still a lot to be learned there.
"That means scoring more goals. More with my right, more with my left. That's the target for even the best players. If you look at (Lionel) Messi, 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 up further. I believe I've been able to motivate myself and make myself a better player."