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Friday, September 7, 2012
Aaron Ramsey has heaped praise on Gareth Bale as the north London pair prepare for Wales’ World Cup qualifier against Belgium.
Arsenal’s Ramsey put club rivalries aside to single out Spurs man Bale’s quality, saying he wouldn’t swap his fellow Wales international for any of Belgium’s stars, including Cheslea’s Eden Hazard.
23-year-old Bale has made a muted start to the Premier League campaign with Andre Villas-Boas’ side, but Ramsey expects him to return to his best.
“He has been doing what he does for a couple of years, creating and scoring goals and always being a threat to the opposition,” said Ramsey.
“He gets in behind teams and takes on players and has the quality to whip in a cross, or come inside and shoot from distance and cause a problem for the keeper.
“He can create things and he has shown that against top quality defenders. He has got a few hat-tricks, including one against Inter Milan where he tore Maicon apart.
“He has done it a number of times, he has scored a lot of goals and created a lot of chances and he is a player who could be key to unlocking a defence.
“You can’t say he has had a slow start to the season, he has created chances in the games I have seen.
“Tottenham have had a tough start to the season but he has shown on the training pitch what quality he has.”