Tottenham boss Redknapp: Getting tough with Bale key to improvement

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp says getting tough with Gareth Bale has brought the best out of the flying Welshman.

Redknapp put the improvement in left-back Bale down to his refusal to keep pandering to the youngster’s injury problems.

He said: “Gareth has become stronger. He’s grown up and he’s mentally tougher. I always felt he would get a little knock and limp off in training. He doesn’t do that any more. Maybe it’s because I said to the physio ‘when he gets injured leave him on the floor. Don’t keep running over to him’.

“He’s now showing the ability I saw as a kid at Southampton. There can’t be a better left-sided player anywhere. If he were English he’d be going to the World Cup.”

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