Michael Brown claims that Gareth Bale’s impending arrival at Tottenham will have a “huge” impact on the rest of the dressing room.
The former Spurs midfielder, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, believes that the 31-year-old’s return to north London will lift not only the players but manager Jose Mourinho as well.
As revealed by Football Insider, Spurs are close to re-signing the Wales international on an initial loan move after advanced talks all week.
Bale left Tottenham back in 2013 for a then world-record transfer fee but has fallen out of favour with Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane.
Brown insists that signing a player of Bale’s calibre will deliver a massive boost to the rest of the players, as well as the coaching staff, at Spurs.
Asked what sort of impact Bale’s return would have on the rest of the squad, Brown told Football Insider: “Huge. When you see Gareth Bale walking in the dressing room, I think it’s going to lift everybody. You talk about signings that come in and lifts people.
“Even the manager, Mourinho will be delighted to have him, the club personally, the brand with regards to Spurs will rise – I just think all round it’s a really good signing.
“I felt he was going to go somewhere, Gareth Bale, obviously there were other clubs linked with him and he’s a fantastic signing.
“What you’ve got to listen to is Gareth Bale wanted to go to Spurs, it’s a club he really liked and his agent’s come out and said there was one place he really wanted to go – back to Spurs.”
Bale played 203 times and scored 56 goals for Spurs during his first spell in north London.
The Lilywhites have already added Joe Hart, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Matt Doherty to their squad during the summer transfer window.
In other Tottenham news, a £25million signing has been tipped to hold “talks with his agent” over a move away.