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- TOM HOP­KIN­SON Sports · Soccer · Tottenham Hotspur Football Club · Real Madrid F.C. · Madrid · Royal Antwerp F.C. · Everton F.C. · Everton · West Ham United F.C. · Burnley F.C. · Gareth Bale

TAN­GUY NDOMBELE has hailed the im­pact Gareth Bale’s words of wis­dom are hav­ing on Tot­ten­ham’s dress­ing room — even though he can barely un­der­stand a sin­gle word the Welsh­man is say­ing.

Four-time Cham­pi­ons League win­ner Bale re-signed for Spurs on loan from Real Madrid five weeks ago. And while he has only made a hand­ful of ap­pear­ances since re­cov­er­ing from in­jury, he is con­tribut­ing big-time for Tot­ten­ham.

Ndombele said: “I haven’t spo­ken an aw­ful lot with

Gareth be­cause my

English still isn’t great. But you can see he’s a re­ally great guy and he’s cer­tainly try­ing to speak with every­body.

“It has helped for the team to have some­one with his ex­pe­ri­ence, hav­ing played at Real Madrid and won Cham­pi­ons Leagues.

“So it’s great to have him here and I hope he’s go­ing to start re­ally help­ing the team right away.”

Bale (left) couldn’t help Spurs to vic­tory over Royal An­twerp on Thurs­day in the

Europa League as the north Lon­don­ers crashed to an em­bar­rass­ing 1-0 de­feat.

Ndombele wasn’t in­volved in mid­week but ex­pects to be back for to­day’s clash with Brighton as Tot­ten­ham look to im­prove on a run of three wins and two draws in the Premier League since their open­ing-day de­feat by Ever­ton.

He added: “Of course, we al­ways want to win matches. We’re try­ing to put aside those points we dropped against West Ham.

“Last week­end, we picked up three good points against Burn­ley.”

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