We can be better without Bale says Tottenham star

Danny Rose (Tottenham)Tottenham full-back Danny Rose believes that the club can go from strength to strength despite losing Gareth Bale.

The Welshman completed his world-record £86m switch to Real Madrid on deadline day, ending one of the summer’s longest transfer sagas.

The 24-year-old was Spurs’ standout performer last season, but manager Andre Villas-Boas has reinvested the fee received for his signature to bring in the likes of Erik Lamela, Christian Eriksen, and Nacer Chadli among others.

When asked by the Evening Standard if Tottenham could develop into a better side without Bale, Rose said: “I think so.

“There have been games, though, where Gareth would have unlocked the door a lot earlier, even the ones we’ve won against Crystal Palace and Swansea.

“Even against Arsenal he would have enjoyed being out there, but I don’t think anyone can hold a grudge against him leaving. I wish him all the best and I hope he enjoys the occasion in Madrid.”

AVB has been allowed to spend in excess of £100m on new players to improve Spurs’ squad ahead of a push to break into the top four, and Rose believes the club’s transfer activity has been positive.

“It’s good that the chairman sees we’re not far from breaking into the top four,” he added.

“We just need to push on to that next level and he is allowing the manager to build his squad.”

Rose returned to White Hart Lane after a loan spell with Sunderland earlier this summer, and is now seen as the club’s first choice left-back.

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