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Berbatov: Bale one of best in world

March 8, 2011
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Manchester United star Dimitar Berbatov has lauded his former Tottenham Hotspur team-mate Gareth Bale as "one of the best players in the world''.

Gareth Bale clutches the match ball after his hat-trick at the San Siro
GettyImagesGareth Bale clutches the match ball after his hat-trick at the San Siro

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Bale, who made a name around Europe after scoring a hat-trick at the San Siro in October, is in line to face AC Milan in the Champions League at White Hart Lane on Wednesday night, with Spurs holding a 1-0 advantage, after recovering from injury.

Harry Redknapp's side are again pushing for a top-four place this season and United striker Berbatov is delighted to see his old club doing so well.

"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, '' Berbatov told 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.''