By Wayne Veysey

11th Apr, 2017 | 2:21pm

Gareth Bale delivers fascinating verdict on Pochettino and current Tottenham players

By Harry Sykes

Gareth Bale has delivered a ringing endorsement of Tottenham’s transformation by praising Mauricio Pochettino and his players to the hilt.

Former Spurs star Bale described Pochettino as a “great” manager who had assembled a team capable of winning the Premier League in the near future.

The north Londoners are widely regarded as a club on the rise as they prepare for a stadium move that will transform their long-term finances while, on the pitch, the team has become one to be reckoned with.

Tottenham have followed up their third-place finish of last season with another title challenge that has left them as Chelsea’s only rivals with seven matches of the campaign remaining.

Spurs are second in the Premier League following six consecutive victories in the competition and have narrowed the gap at the top to seven points.

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The bitter rivals will also go head to head later this month in a mouthwatering FA Cup semi-final showdown as Spurs seek their first trophy since the 2008 League Cup.

Bale has not previously spoken publicly about Tottenham this season and his appraisal will be regarded as fascinating by supporters.

In an interview with the Telegraph, the Real Madrid attacker claimed that Spurs have laid “the foundations” to win the Premier League at some stage in the foreseeable future. “They have a great manager and a young, hungry spine to the team,” he explained.

Bale was in his first season at Tottenham when they won the League Cup but he was out with ligament damage at the time and was not involved in the success.

But the Welshman developed from a left-back into a world-beating attacking player at White Hart Lane and was exceptional in his final two seasons before joining Real for £86million in 2013.

Bale has taken his game to new heights in Madrid, where he has been an integral member of a team that has won two European Cups.

In other Tottenham news, the club have terminated the contract of one of their defenders.

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