Gareth Bale proved on his second Tottenham debut that he is loving football again and is “desperate” to play, according to Danny Mills.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the former Leeds United and England full-back delivered his verdict after the Welshman’s 18-minute cameo in Sunday’s 3-3 draw against West Ham.

The 31-year-old replaced Steven Bergwijn against the Hammers as they conceded three late goals to draw against the Hammers.

 

He had one fine chance to put the game out of West Ham’s reach with a trademark blistering run late on but shot narrowly and agonisingly wide of the post.

Asked by Football Insider what he made of Bale’s cameo, Mills said: “When people say does he have the hunger? Does he have this? Does he have that?

“Gareth Bale is no longer playing for anything. He’s done it all, he’s seen it all. It’s not an issue for him.

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“He’s gone to Tottenham because he wants to play there, he wants to be there. Suddenly now you’re getting a player that just loves playing football and is desperate to be at that football club.

“That’s vitally important and that will clearly benefit Tottenham.”

Bale played 205 times across all competitions for Spurs in his first spell, scoring 56 goals and contributing 58 assists.

After moving to Real Madrid in 2013, the Cardiff-born ace won 13 major titles with Los Blancos including four Champions League trophies.

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