Tottenham star Bale signs bumper BT TV deal

The Welshman has penned a three-year contract which offers the strongest hint yet that he could bat off interest from abroad to remain a Premier League player next season
Tottenham midfielder Gareth Bale has signed a lucrative three-year sponsorship deal with BT which will begin next season.

The Welshman will feature in TV adverts and appear as a guest on BT's new sports channel, which recently won the rights to broadcast a number of top-flight fixtures.

The news suggests that Bale could remain a Premier League player beyond the end of this season, despite speculation constantly linking the Welshman with a move to abroad.

Manchester United could still be a destination for the 23-year-old but they were left stunned by Tottenham's £70m asking price, as revealed earlier this year.

The Spurs winger has also attracted interest from Real Madrid, who remain favourites to sign him, with Bale himself expressing his admiration for the club and an interest in playing abroad.

Tottenham, though, are increasingly confident of retaining Bale and are set to offer him a bumper new five-year contract should they secure Champions League football.
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"I am delighted to continue my relationship with BT by becoming a BT Ambassador. I feel honoured to join an exciting band of inspirational sporting figures, which has included Olympic heroes like the Brownlee brothers and Paralympic gold medallist Jonnie Peacock," Bale said.
"A great deal has changed in my football career since my first partnership with BT, and I am happy to extend that relationship for the next three years. I am excited about the launch of BT Sport and I am happy to play my part in making it a big hit."

The Tottenham midfielder has scored 21 goals in 36 games for Andre Villas-Boas' side this season and is among the frontrunners for the Player of the Year awards.