Mills cites '£150m' hammer blow as he delivers verdict on Tottenham signing Bale

Tottenham may not be able to afford to sign Gareth Bale on a permanent deal after their embarrassing Europa League exit, according to Danny Mills.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Leeds United and England defender ripped into the Spurs squad for their lack of professional pride in their 3-0 loss to Dinamo Zagreb.

Mills told Football Insider last week Bale returning to north London on a permanent basis hinged on Champions League qualification.

With Spurs now out of the Europa League, they can only qualify by finishing in the top four.

They currently sit in eighth, six points behind Chelsea in fourth and they have a game in hand over their London rivals.

Tottenham have fallen to defeats to four of the sides above them in the table since the end of January and look unlikely to break into the top four.

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Asked whether the financial implications of last night’s defeat may end any hopes of signing Bale permanently, Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “Quite possibly, yes.

“What is it – £150million the Champions League is worth? It’s a lot of money.

“You can always afford players a mistake,  missed chance, a slip, as long as they work their absolute socks off and give absolutely everything in that game – even if they only last 60 minutes.

“If you’ve given everything, there can be no complaints. It’s something to work on. But if players aren’t working back, closing down and putting in effort you’ve got a problem.

“I don’t think the Tottenham players did that on Thursday night and that has to come down to professional pride.”

In other news, Tottenham have made moves to terminate the contract of a big-name star.