Paul Robinson has called Gareth Bale “one of the signings of the decade for Spurs” and “a real statement of intent” from Tottenham.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the former Lilywhites goalkeeper claimed that the transfer was a “huge show of support” from chairman Daniel Levy in manager Jose Mourinho.

Spurs confirmed on Saturday that the 31-year-old had returned to the club on an season-long loan deal from Real Madrid.

Bale’s previous 203 appearances for the Lilywhites yielded an impressive 56 goals and 58 assists and earned him a £90million move to Los Blancos in 2013.

Robinson, who played alongside Bale while at White Hart Lane between 2007 and 2008, hailed Daniel Levy for sanctioning the deal.

“Bale has a lot to prove,” he told Football Insider.

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“It is very quick to claim that it is an emotional signing and suggest that he is too old and I think Gareth Bale still has the hunger to play football. 31 is no age the way players look after themselves now.

“It is a fantastic signing and a huge show of support from Daniel Levy to his manager, bringing in a world class player of that level. 

“It is a real statement from Tottenham and I think this is one of the signings of the decade for Spurs.

“The money that the chairman has outplayed, in what it is a tough financial climate, is a real statement of intent.”

Speaking shortly after he sealed his return, Bale said: “This is such a special club to me. It’s where I made my name. What an amazing Club, amazing fans, and it’s just incredible to be back.

“Hopefully now I can get some match fitness, help the team and win trophies.”

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