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“Only Messi would have been better”: Former Tottenham star makes bold claim about Mourinho’s summer signing

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Teddy Sheringham believes only Barcelona’s Lionel Messi would have been a better signing for Tottenham than Gareth Bale

Speaking in an interview with Cardschat (h/t Daily Express), former star Teddy Sherringham heaped praise on Gareth Bale and said that only Lionel Messi would have been a better signing for Tottenham than the Welshman.

Gareth Bale enjoyed 7 productive years with Tottenham, where he scored 55 goals for the club in all competitions in his first spell.

He scored 26 goals in his final campaign with Spurs in 2012/13, which caught the eye of Spanish giants Real Madrid. (h/t Daily Express)

The Welsh winger left London for Madrid that year in a record-breaking £85million move. He has gone on to win four UEFA Champions League titles with the Spanish side in his 7 years there.

Bale joined Tottenham in the summer of 2020 on a loan move from Madrid.

Bale joined Tottenham in the summer of 2020 on a loan move from Madrid.

However, his time in Madrid has been marred by injuries and an infamous fall-out with manager Zinedine Zidane.

Teddy Sherringham, who scored 124 goals for Spurs in his two spells with the club, praised Mourinho’s wisdom in signing the out-of-favour Madrid winger in the summer.

“I said recently that Gareth Bale is probably as good a signing – apart from signing Lionel Messi, who’s like the best player in the world. For them to get Gareth Bale in the last window was just amazing for me.”

Gareth Bale has appeared in 9 games for Spurs this season. 

Gareth Bale has appeared in 9 games for Spurs this season.

Since his return to Tottenham Hotspur, Bale has been reduced to cameos and starts in the UEFA Europa League. However, Sherringham still thinks that he has a lot more to offer to this Spurs side.

“I know he hasn’t come in and done anything so exciting yet, but just to have him there.”

The 31-year-old featured in all 6 Europa League group games for Spurs, where they qualified as Group J winners after defeating Royal Antwerp on matchday 6 on Thursday by a 2-0 scoreline.

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