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Speed insists last season no fluke for Tottenham star Bale

Wales coach Gary Speed insists last season's success with Tottenham was no one-off for Gareth Bale.

Speed has always been a big believer in the talent of the Cardiff boy.

He said: "I think everyone was surprised last year when he burst on to the scene but I wasn't because Id seen him play for Wales previously but no one takes much notice of Wales.

"It wasn't a surprise to see him play like that against Inter. He's a fantastic player. Can he be one of the best wingers in Europe? He already is.

"He has the ability to be there for a long time. Gareth is similar to Ryan Giggs in the way he burst on to the scene."

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