Tottenham stars benefiting already from Gareth Bale’s vast experience

Tanguy Ndombele has hailed the impact Gareth Bale’s words of wisdom are having on Tottenham ’s dressing-room — even though he can barely understand a word the Welshman is saying.

Four-time Champions League winner Bale re-signed for Spurs on loan from Real Madrid five weeks ago.

And while he has only made a handful of appearances since recovering from injury, Ndombele insists he is already contributing big time.

He said: “I haven’t spoken an awful lot with Gareth because my English still isn’t great.

“But you can see he’s a really great guy and he's certainly trying to speak with everybody.

“It has really helped for the team to have someone with his experience having played at Real Madrid and won four Champions Leagues like he has.

“So it’s great to have him here and I hope he’s going to start really helping the team right away.”

Bale couldn’t help Spurs to victory over Royal Antwerp on Thursday in the Europa League as the north Londoners crashed to an embarrassing defeat.

Ndombele wasn’t involved in midweek, so he wasn’t in his manager’s bad books like many of his team-mates, but he expects to be back for today’s clash with Brighton as Tottenham look to continue a run of three wins and two draws in the Premier League since their opening-day defeat by Everton.

He added: “Of course, we always want to win matches. We’re trying to put aside those points that we dropped against West Ham and, last weekend, we picked up three good points against Burnley.

“So as always, we’re playing this match to win.

“There have been good and bad things since the start of the season, we’ve dropped point’s against Newcastle and West Ham but, overall, we’re well placed and it has been a decent start.

“We feel positive about what we can achieve as a team for the moment, we seem to be on the right track and so everybody’s happy, everybody’s positive among the team.”

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The Europa League blip aside, Spurs have been building a momentum and it’s largely thanks to the partnership that has served them so well in recent seasons between Harry Kane and Heung-min Son.

Ndombele said: “They get on very well off the pitch.

“I wouldn’t say at training that they always necessarily practice together, they’re both strikers and so, naturally, they play together.

“And, of course, in matches they get on well. They’re both very technical players and so that understanding comes naturally.

“As long as it’s good for the team and bearing fruit then that’s great for us.”

Ndombele had a difficult first season following his £54million move in the summer of 2019 but he has worked his socks off to show his manager what he’s capable of.

He added: “I am working a bit differently now. I find myself working harder in training and in the matches.

“But above all I’ve just settled in better. It’s true that the last season was difficult — to change championships like that, it isn’t easy.

“But now I am really settling in better and I really hope I’m on the right track for the future.”

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