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Tottenham defender Bale: Chelsea fullback Cole best in world

Tottenham fullback Gareth Bale admits he uses Ashley Cole as inspiration.

Tottenham fans may not appreciate it but the player he has tried to emulate is Cole, once a star of arch-enemies Arsenal and now battling to overcome an ankle injury and operation with Chelsea.

Bale, 20, said: "I think ­Ashley is the best left-back in the world. He has been showing that week in, week out for God knows how long.

"It is a blow for Chelsea to be without a player of his stature. He will be missed.

"I am sure he will come back just as strong."

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