Spurs star: I don’t dive, I’m just trying to save my career

13:27 08 March 2012

Gareth Bale

Gareth Bale

EMPICS Sport

Gareth Bale insists he is not a diver, arguing that evasive action is often needed to “get out of the way and save my career”.

The Welshman has been booked for simulation twice this season and, having won a dubious penalty at Arsenal, earned his side another questionable spot-kick in last night’s FA Cup replay with Stevenage after a challenge from Mark Roberts.

After the game, Roberts said: “I thought he went down very easily. That’s football at the very highest level, they look for those things.”

Now Bale has had his own say on the issue: “It’s a bit annoying [when people say I dive] when you’ve got people flying in at you. It’s not really diving, you’re trying to get out of the way of the challenge,” he said.

“If you stand there, you’re going to get a whack. Sometimes it looks like you’re diving but if someone’s coming across you, I’d rather get out of the way than get hurt.

“I try not to get in the way of tackles and if people want to say I’m diving then they can, but I’m trying to get out of the way and save myself, to save my career. It’s football, it’s a contact sport, things do happen and you’ve got to try to be clever with it.

“People want to take you down and get you out of the game, and I suppose you can take it as a compliment. It’s not nice but I think it’s to be expected now.

“In a way they think that’s the only way they can stop you. They hit you, you get up and the best players get on with it and go at them again - until you’re actually really hurt!

“You get used to it, take it as a compliment and keep going at him. You think: “You can’t stop me and the only way you can is to foul me.” I’ve got a few people sent off by doing that this year.”

Bale missed Sunday’s defeat against Manchester United through illness, and he admits that he was struggling at the end of the first half during last night’s FA Cup tie.

“I haven’t done much training for the last 10 days,” he said. “I trained on Tuesday and that was the first time for a while because I’ve been ill and had a bit of a hamstring problem.

“My stomach wasn’t right and I felt a bit dizzy. I took something to settle it down at half-time and that made me feel a lot better. It was getting over the illness and the bug.

“I found it difficult in the first half to get into it, but I felt stronger as the game went on. It was good to get some running into my legs and hopefully I’ll kick on now.”

Follow me on Twitter @BenPearceSpurs


Live Blog Transfer Window Live 18th August

 

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
1
2 3 4 5 6
7

Latest Tottenham news

Thursday, August 27, 2015
Queens Park Rangers' Charlie Austin (John Walton/PA Wire)

West Brom are now the bookies’ favourites to sign Charlie Austin from QPR before the transfer deadline.

Thursday, August 27, 2015
Christian Eriksen will miss Saturday's home game against Everton

Christian Eriksen remains sidelined ahead of Saturday’s Premier Legaue home game against Everton, but Andros Townsend could return to action.

Thursday, August 27, 2015
Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino has remained tight-lipped on Tottenham’s transfer plans as the clock ticks down towards deadline day, refusing to comment on the club’s moves for West Bromwich Albion’s Saido Berahino and Bayer Leverkusen’s Son Heung-Min.

Thursday, August 27, 2015
Saido Berahino of West Bromwich Albion  (Photo by Tony Marshall/Getty Images)

Harry Redknapp believes Saido Berahino will join Tottenham, but insists West Brom hold the trump cards.

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...

Competitions

Shop till you drop!

Home to top name brands at great prices, TK Maxx is more like a treasure hunt than a shop. Perfect for grabbing a bargain or some hidden gems, you arm yourself with a trolley and go wild.

Read more
Scones, jam and a cup of Earl Grey anyone?

Luxury boutique hotel Flemings Mayfair has recently launched The Drawing Room, London’s most stylish location for afternoon tea.

Read more
Free weekly shop? Yes please!

Win £200 to spend at Asda, one of the country’s leading supermarkets. Asda prides itself in being one of the cheapest places to shop, so you can be sure that your money will go a long way here.

Read more