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The legendary Welshman ranks his fellow countryman alongside the very best players in the game, and is confident that he is still committed to life at White Hart Lane

Former Tottenham and Wales favourite Cliff Jones believes Gareth Bale is "very happy" at White Hart Lane, and is confident he will remain at the club for the foreseeable future.

Jones was widely regarded as one of the finest left wingers in the game during his own time at Spurs, and played an integral role in their famous Double-winning side of 1960-61, as well as the Welsh team that reached the quarter-finals at the 1958 World Cup.

Earlier this month Goal.com revealed Tottenham had stunned Manchester United by slapping a £70 million asking price on Bale's head, and Jones is confident Spurs fans can expect to see a lot more of the man linked with several of Europe’s elite clubs.

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“Gareth is very happy with Tottenham,” Jones told the Hampstead and Highgate Express. “You can put him up there alongside the likes of [Lionel] Messi and [Cristiano] Ronaldo at the moment.

“He is very happy, not only in the football sense but with life as well.

“He is very content, he’s had a baby daughter and he is very happy with his family life. His girlfriend is a Welsh girl and they like to get down to Wales.

“Of course Gareth and everyone linked with the club wants to be in the Champions League and he wants to be playing football at the highest level, but I think he will be at Tottenham for a while yet.”

While admittedly impressed by Bale's eye-catching performances this season, Jones is also keen to highlight the contribution made by the rest of Andre Villas-Boas' team.

“For me Gareth has been the best player to watch this season in the Premier League – but there have been a number of key players for Tottenham,” he insisted.

“[Mousa] Dembele has been quite impressive and [Michael] Dawson has always been a terrific player. Sandro is another great competitor and it was a shame he got injured.

“He reminds me a little bit of Dave Mackay – total commitment with a will to win. That is important to have in the side and he’s got it in abundance.”

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