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The 38-year-old is well aware of the threat posed by the Welshman following his brace against Norwich, with Spurs set to visit the Liberty Stadium on Saturday

Swansea manager Brendan Rodgers has hailed Tottenham’s Gareth Bale as "perfect" ahead of the two sides' clash on New Year’s Eve.

Bale has been in sparkling form this season for Spurs and Rodgers was full of praise for the winger, having watched the Welshman score a brace in the 2-0 victory over Norwich on Tuesday.

"He is perfect," Rodgers told reporters.

"His size, his pace, his power and his touch on the ball mean he is a wonderful, wonderful talent and a good lad by all accounts.

"I watched his goal against Norwich when Russell Martin was chasing him. Russell Martin is quick but Bale just ran away from him and he couldn't get back to him.

"If he was on the market any of the top teams in the world would take him."

Harry Redknapp suggested he handed Bale a more central position at Carrow Road, allowing him to break from the middle of the park, however Rodgers believes the 22-year-old was in fact playing in a free role.

"I don't think he was in a central role," said Rodgers.

"He had freedom, if you look at the shape of the team they had a front diamond with Emmanuel Adebayor through the middle, Luke Modric in behind, Rafael van der Vaart on the right and Bale on the left. The players rotate and use their intelligence to find space.

"He will find himself inside at times and that's the development of his game. When he burst on to the scene he was an out and out winger who went on his travels and journeys and produced magic.

"But people started to get tight to him with two or three men to block his space, so he has learnt from playing with and against top players to find the solution, so he finds space inside.

"When people try to block him inside he goes outside, if they block him outside he goes inside."

Swansea have recorded more clean-sheets at home than any other side this season in the Premier League, though Rodgers knows his men will have to be at their best for the visit of Redknapp's team.

“We know we will be asked serious questions on Saturday, but that's our job.

"When you have a team who are quick you can't be naive and stupid and press high up the pitch, you have to find ways of blocking space and controlling the depth of the game and you have to hurt teams when you have the ball.

"I am looking forward to us testing ourselves because that is why we are in the league."

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