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Gareth Bale is celebrating a rare PFA Award double, scooping both the PFA Player of the Year and the PFA Young Player of the Year awards, as voted by his fellow professionals. Bale is only the third player to win the double in one season since the awards were created. He also sought to praise manager Andre Villas-Boas in his acceptance speech:
"When you look at the list there are some massive names on it and the other nominees have been unbelievable this year, but I couldn't have done it without the team.
"They have been fantastic this year and so has the manager (Andre Villas-Boas). I couldn't have won it without them so I would like to give them all a big thank you as well."
He also commented on the persistent transfer talk surrounding him: "I just take no notice, it's all speculation, I can't do anything about it."
Centre-back Jan Vertonghen was voted into the PFA Team of the Year, along with Bale, in only his first season in English football. The team is as follows: David de Gea (Manchester United), Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City), Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham Hotspur), Rio Ferdinand (Manchester United), Leighton Baines (Everton), Michael Carrick (Manchester United), Juan Mata (Chelsea), Gareth Bale (Tottenham Hotspur), Luis Suarez (Liverpool), Eden Hazard (Chelsea), Robin van Persie (Manchester United).
Andre Villas-Boas has reacted by Tom Huddlestone's recent comments that he may have to move on in the summer to play regularly by insisting the midfielder is still very much part of his plans. He said:
"The words are understandable from a player who has not been involved as much as he wanted. I think we have seen lots of players in midfield this season raise a level. It is incredible.
"So it is difficult (for him) to break into the team. But with performances like this (against Wigan) he is able to get more chances, definitely."
The Mirror has reported that Tottenham are likely to find it difficult to move Emmanuel Adebayor on this summer, due to his high wages. Adebayor is on a reported £100,000 a week, and in the eyes of many has failed to justify that salary with his performances this season. The paper report that the striker is unwilling to move away for any less, and Spurs hopes may rest on super-rich Monaco attempting to buy back their former player, or they could be stuck with him.
Former player Clive Allen is sure Spurs will finish in the top four, and believes Chelsea will be the ones to miss out. He told Talksport: "Tottenham will finish in the top four but I don’t think they’ll be above Arsenal. It’s going to go to the wire."
While Scott Parker believes Spurs are showing fight in their battle for fourth, after fighting back to claim a point away to Wigan at the weekend. He said: "I don't think there is anything psychological happening in the changing room. I think we are showing character.
"I don't know what the stats are but apart from Manchester United, I think we might be one of the best teams at coming back from losing positions."
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