Last Updated: Thu, 02 May 2013 12:42
The Football Writers' Association have voted Tottenham winger Gareth Bale their 2013 Footballer of the Year.
Bale just got home ahead of last year's winner Robin van Persie and Chelsea's Juan Mata who was third, and will receive the prestigious FWA accolade at a dinner at the Lancaster London Hotel on May 9.
The Wales international has netted 24 goals in all competitions so far this season and has helped take Andre Villas-Boas' men into the quarter-finals of the Europa League and kept them in the race to secure a return to the Champions League, via a top-four finish in the Barclays Premier League.
Spurs will have to fight off interested parties for Bale in the summer, so they will be desperate to make the Champions League.
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