By Frank McAvennie

22nd Sep, 2020 | 4:00pm

'People have got to realise...' - Exclusive: McAvennie in awe of Spurs man 'Up there with Messi'

Frank McAvennie hailed Gareth Bale “the architect of the modern full-back” after Tottenham re-signed the Wales international on a season-long loan deal.

The West Ham and Celtic legend, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, called the 31-year-old “a great example to kids” and “a credit to world football”.

Spurs confirmed on Saturday that the winger had returned to the North London-club on a season-long loan deal from Real Madrid.

Bale has won four Champions Leagues and two La Liga titles since he arrived to the Bernabeu in 2013, scoring 105 goals in the process.

McAvennie claims that while Bale is not on the same level as Barcelona’s Lionel Messi he is “up there” with some of the greats.

“Listen, he is a credit to the world of football,” he told Football Insider.

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“He has always kept his head down despite all the things that have been said. People have got to realise that he still had to train and he was training with the kids.

“This is a guy that started at left-back and you do not get many wonderful, talented left-backs in the world. Bale was the architect of the modern full-back, the ones that go forward and do not defend!

“He is a great example to kids. People always say Messi but this is him coming close to home now. Bale is not the same class as Messi but he is up there with Messi. A wonderful talent and in his own right he is up there with the great players.”

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.”

In other Tottenham news, Darren Bent has told Football Insider that Dele Alli ‘needs to go now’ after Mourinho decision.