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Welshman focused on improving his game

Tottenham wide man Gareth Bale is hoping to further improve and become an "unstoppable" force to reckon with, as he hopes to emulate Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Welshman was heavily linked with a move away from White Hart Lane throughout the summer, after being left out of the starting line-up for a portion of last season.

But he has since come back strongly to put in stellar performances for Spurs, and even scored a hat-trick against Inter at the San Siro recently.

Such strong performances could bring about a pre-emptive reaction among teams that lock horns with the north London club, with Bale likely to be a marked man. But the 21-year-old insists that he will learn to deal with the new found respect that teams show him.

"Obviously teams are trying to stop me in a way, and obviously I've got to think of other ways to get past them," he told reporters. "I'm going to have to keep learning in training and in games and try things and hopefully improve as a player which will allow me to do that [continue to thrive].

"And I think with all the world-class players these days, the likes of Ronaldo, teams double up on him all the time and he still finds a way. And, I think, as a player, you've got to keep trying to improve your game and make it an all-round game to kind of be unstoppable."

The former Southampton player's recent performances have seen him being reported as a target for Inter. But the left-footed youngster insists that his focus remains on all things on the pitch, and not that which goes on off it.

"I don't take much notice of what's going on in the media," Bale said. "I just want to keep playing for Tottenham and working on my game. I'm learning every day, week in, week out."

The Castrol Rankings suggest Bale has some improving to do if he is to be mentioned in the same breath as Ronaldo. The Spurs star is rated as the 88th best player currently plying his trade in one of the top five leagues in Europe while the Real Madrid forward is in second place.

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