Tottenham will only complete the blockbuster permanent signing of Gareth Bale permanently if they qualify for next season’s Champions League, according to Danny Mills.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former England and Leeds United defender suggested Spurs’ best chance of earning Champions League qualification is winning the Europa League.

The north London giants are in a strong position to progress to the quarter-finals of the competition after beating Dinamo Zagreb 2-0 in the first leg of their round of 16 tie.

Bale joined on loan from Real Madrid in the summer and the Guardian reported at the time Spurs set to cover a significant part of his £600,000-a-week wages.

And Mills has insisted they will need the money gained from Champions League qualification to sanction a permanent deal if the Welshman’s wage demands stay the same.

He told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “There’s possibly a chance that they end up with two trophies and they could end up in the Champions League by winning the Europa League.

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“If they’re in the Champions League next year, Tottenham can probably justify it.

“It justifies Mourinho being there for one because they’ve won a trophy and they can justify him still being there and his wages.

“It’s starting to look like he’s playing some good football, at the moment. But it’s going to depend on what next season looks like for Tottenham and if they’ve got any trophies in the bag.

Tottenham winger Gareth Bale

“You bring Gareth Bale in for big games. If he scores in a final and wins you a cup then you could end up in the Champions League because of that.

“But the flip side to that is, Tottenham end up in seventh, not even in Europe and with no trophies.”

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