Bale reveals agent influence

Gareth Bale has revealed that it is his agent and not Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp who has been the big influence on the Welshman moving out from the wing to a more central position.

Bale told ESPN: “I spoke about it before [with Redknapp] but the main person I have spoken to is my agent. He has watched me.

“If you look at the likes of [Cristiano] Ronaldo, when he started out wide and he got really good, people began to double up on him. He had to come inside, try and change his game and get on the ball and influence the game another way.

“Last season it was becoming a bit annoying for me because a lot of teams were putting a midfielder right in front of me and a full-back behind. It’s hard to get the ball out wide when people are just standing there and there is no space.

“I wanted to come inside and become more involved, to come and get the ball and have an effect on the game. Thankfully I have progressed this season and I am able to do that now.”