‘Tottenham could use Gareth Bale money to become top-four regulars’

British & Irish Lions captain Sam Warburton says Gareth Bale's potential sale could allow Tottenham to become top-four regulars

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Sam Warburton believes Gareth Bale’s touted £100m move to Real Madrid could help Tottenham Hotspur become Champions League regulars.

The triumphant British and Irish Lions captain, who is a Spurs supporter, went to Whitchurch School with Bale, as well as Tour de France cyclist Geraint Thomas.

Warburton, 23, admitted Bale’s potential deal is staggering in comparison to rugby union’s recent big-name transfer which saw Northampton Saints pay Scarlets £200,000 for George North.

While the Wales international believes Bale has already achieved legendary status at Spurs, Warburton reckons Tottenham could become perennial top-four finishers if they spend the funds raised wisely.

“If Gareth goes to Real Madrid for the money mentioned and Spurs reinvest it in the team it could set them up for a real go at regular Champions League football,” said Warburton.

“If he stays then he will help us get there anyway with Roberto Soldado, Paulinho and Nacer Chadli having been added to the squad this summer.

“To see what Gareth is going through at the moment is pretty incredible, the highest transfer I can think of in rugby is the £200,000 [Northampton paid Scarlets] for George North and that puts it all in perspective really.

“I don’t think anyone can blame Gareth if he decides to go to Real Madrid. From a Tottenham fan’s perspective, I think he will always go down as a hero because of his achievements over the last six years at the the club.

“I wish him all the best in whatever decision he makes. If he stays, then it is great news for Tottenham and if he goes then hopefully the money will be reinvested in the team to spend on making it better in all departments.”

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