Gareth Bale believes Tottenham can challenge for the title in the near future and admits he would like to test himself abroad at some stage.
Winger sees Spurs challenging if they can maintain improvement rate
Gareth Bale believes Tottenham can challenge for the title in the near future and admits he would like to test himself abroad at some stage in his career.
The Welsh winger is currently starring for Spurs in their efforts to force their way back into the Premier League's top four and the UEFA Champions League elite.
He believes the North London outfit are capable of taking that step again, having enjoyed a fairytale run through Europe's premier club competition last season.
While re-joining that select group of clubs remains the short-term target at White Hart Lane, Bale feels they should also be looking to maintain their current rate of development and compete for major honours in the next few years.
"It is so important we keep this squad together," Bale told the Evening Standard
"If we do, then every year we'll keep improving and eventually challenge for the title.
"We're a team who want to keep progressing every year and if we do that, it's going to come to a point where one year we're going to have to win the title.
"This summer, the chairman showed what the club are aiming for by keeping Luka (Modric). It was a massive thing that he did that because it showed the supporters and the players that the club are still ambitious and still moving forward.
"The main thing at the moment is to be playing Champions League football every year. We're going to try to do that because I know the lads are really disappointed not to be in it this year.
"Whoever comes to White Hart Lane now, we expect to beat them. We've got a great squad, which is also quite a young one, so we can grow together and the belief that we can achieve something is very great.
"Will it be a test to keep the squad together? Definitely, but with the new training ground and stadium on the way, we can attract more players.
"If we're playing in the Champions League every season, we can attract bigger players."
Bale's own future continues to be called into question on a regular basis, with the likes of Inter Milan and Barcelona known to be admirers of his considerable talent.
The 22-year-old is keen to play down the speculation for now, but admits he would relish the opportunity to test himself in a different country and culture at some point down the line.
"You look at David Beckham, who has done well in the Premier League, La Liga and Serie A and proved himself there," added Bale.
"Cristiano Ronaldo has done the same here and in Spain, so you can definitely improve as a player in different footballing cultures and it's something that's exciting.
"It gives you that experience to become a better player and understand the game more. So I'm not afraid of the idea of going abroad and if something ever did happen, I wouldn't be frightened to go.
"However, at the moment, I'm really happy at Tottenham. We're doing very well at present and we're going somewhere really good."
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