Bale backs Spurs for title

Gareth Bale firmly believes that Tottenham are capable of winning their first league championship in half a century this year.

The Welshman notched his 10th goal of the season on Tuesday to seal the 2-0 win over Newcastle which moved Spurs ahead of local rivals Chelsea into fourth position. Despite being 33-1 outsiders, Spurs boss Harry Redknapp believes his side can upset the odds and claim their first league title since the 1960-61 season.

"There's no reason why we can't push for the title," declared Bale.

"I think as we've seen, with 10 men we're fully confident. We attack teams all the time and we're up in the mix.

"Everyone fights for each other on the pitch. We are all close and get on with each other. That shows on the pitch and that's why we're getting results."

Bale goes into 2011 having seen his reputation scale heights that he would have thought impossible when he arrived at White Hart Lane for £5million three summers ago.

The Welshman has transformed himself from bit-part left-back into one of the most-feared attacking forces in world football during the last 12 months, the highlight of which was his mauling of Inter Milan right-back Maicon in the Champions League group stage win at White Hart Lane.

The plaudits and suitors may be lining up to hail Bale, but the Cardiff-born player is typically modest when assessing his last year in the game.

"2010 has been a great year for me but I just want to keep working hard, keep battling and put in good performances for the team," said Bale, who signed a new four-year contract with Spurs in May.

"If I can keep helping the team then that's the best thing that can happen."