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Mackay: Bale Sale Transformed Spurs

  • BBC Sport, Friday, September 20, 2013 4:18 PM
Cardiff City coach Malky Mackay thinks the sale of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid has turned Tottenham Hotspur into a team capable of competing in the UEFA Champions League. "It was a top-six Premier League squad but they have gone and strengthened in depth and some of the players they have got I really covet,” Mackay said ahead of Cardiff’s home clash with the North London club on Sunday. "Spurs' agenda this year I'm pretty sure is to be a Champions League team. They might have a big fixture schedule, but they have got a big squad as well, a squad full of quality."

Earlier this month, Spurs sold Bale for a world record 85 million pounds ($136 million) to Real Madrid, allowing the club to embark on a 105 million pound ($168 million) spending spree that resulted in Paulinho, Nacer Chadli, Roberto Soldado, Etienne Capoue, Vlad Chiriches, Erik Lamela and Christian Eriksen arriving at White Hart Lane.

"They have bought very well,” Mackay continued. “To have such a match winner in Gareth Bale and the amount of individual goals he scored certainly made Spurs a different team at times. That is a huge hole to fill, but they have filled it very, very well.”

Tottenham is currently third in the Premier League table with nine points from four games, just one point behind league leader Liverpool.

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