Tottenham star Bale: Southampton close to my heart

Tottenham ace Gareth Bale says Southampton remains "close to my heart". Bale faces his old club today at White Hart Lane.

Tottenham ace Gareth Bale says Southampton remains "close to my heart".

Bale faces his old club today at White Hart Lane.

He told The Sun: “I wouldn’t say it’s straightforward, they aren’t mathematically safe yet and need to pick up a few points. I always look out for Southampton’s results because it’s a great club and I was there for nearly nine years since I was nine years old and left when I was 17.

“It’s a club close to my heart and I was hoping they’d stay up this year and I think they definitely will. I still see people from the club. I know the physios and fitness coach and a few players I played with. Hopefully they can do well, just not in this game.”

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