Dimitar Berbatov has revealed he strongly believes that Gareth Bales strong work ethic is the quality that has transformed him into one of the best players in the world.
Ironic, coming from someone who is said to have very little work ethic on a football pitch, but high praise none the less, from a man who saw Bale bought to the club as a youngster when the Bulgarian played for Spurs.
Bale was just a youngster when Berbatov was at White Hart Lane, but has made the world stand up and pay attention this year with some devastating displays, most notably his hat trick in the San Siro against last year’s Champions Inter Milan.
Berbatov spoke about Spurs success, and revealed it hadn’t surprised him.
“Their position doesn’t surprise me. When I was there I was aware of the young talent that is now their major asset – players like Aaron Lennon and Gareth Bale have matured and become great players,” he told Manchester United’s website.
“When I was there Bale was a talented teenager, now he’s one of the best players in the world. I saw he had potential. He trained hard and was pushing to be involved.
“I’m glad they kept faith in him – other teams were interested in buying him – now they’re reaping the rewards.”