Gareth Bale is convinced Tottenham are title contenders.

Bale has claimed new manager Andre Villas-Boas can push Tottenham on to become genuine title contenders next season.

He told the Mirror: "It's obviously going to be very tough but halfway through last season we were challenging for the title.

"Our plan is to be up there again and continue the form from the first half of the season to the second half, and we'll be right up there.

"We've made a couple of new signings who've fitted in nicely, and we've got a very ambitious club and manager."