Gareth Bale insists he has been ignoring his critics – and now hopes Tottenham can use their 4-0 win against Burnley to finish the season strongly.
Bale scored two goals and was man of the match as Tottenham trashed Burnley to boost their top-four hopes.
The Wales international has struggled since re-joining Spurs on loan from Real Madrid last summer but is finally hitting his stride back in the Premier League.
Bale insists he has always been happy despite his lack of action under Jose Mourinho.
After starring against Burnley, Bale said: “It was good, I have been building up a little bit to get fully fit – felt comfortable and my form is coming back, it’s nice to help the team.
“It’s understandable, it’s been a while so I just continue to work hard. I know you get criticism but I am experienced enough to keep my head down, not say anything stupid and keep plugging away.
“I’ve been happy all season. In the dressing room I feel comfortable and I’m having fun. I’m happy and I’m sure it’s showing on the pitch.
“The most important thing is we knew we’ve not been on a great run and it was important to get back to winning ways.
“It’s not just about scoring. It’s about our all-round play and helping the team. I’m delighted with the goals and the assist and whatever I can do for the team.
Bale was substituted after 70 minutes but says he had no issue with being taken off.
He said: “I wasn’t upset to be substituted. There are a lot of games to come. It’s important to keep building minutes each game.”
Bale also set up a goal for Harry Kane. On playing with Kane and Heung-min Son, he said: “Playing with them is why I came here and what I wanted to do – it’s great to be on the pitch and feeling good, hopefully we can kick on from this and get some confidence.
“We know football isn’t fair sometimes and people will criticise but all we can do inside is keep going, and we showed that today.”
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