Tottenham summer signing reveals how ex-Spurs star influenced his move

Tottenham Hotspur summer signing Ben Davies has revealed that ex-Spurs star Gareth Bale had a hand in his decision to move to White Hart Lane.

While Gareth Bale might have swapped Tottenham Hotspur for Real Madrid last September, the £85 million Welshman is still influencing affairs at his former club, having convinced compatriot Ben Davies to make the move to White Hart Lane.

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino opted to make Davies one of his first signings at the club this summer after witnessing his impressive performances for Swansea over the past two Premier League seasons, with the left-back arriving in north London for a reported £10 million.

He had been attracting strong interest from top-flight rivals Liverpool at the time, but revealed that a conversation with international teammate Bale had a big hand in his decision to choose Spurs over reuniting with former boss Brendan Rodgers at Anfield.

'I spoke to him briefly about it, nothing too in-depth, but it was nice just to have that insight from him,' he told the Daily Mail.

'He told me what the club was like and how it worked, and what he said really appealed to me.

'The transition's been relatively easy for me. I've enjoyed being up here and it's a great opportunity for me to get away from home and to experience a new lifestyle.

'I don't think there's any better time to do that than when you're young, and it's a learning curve really.'

Aged 21, Davies no doubt has a bright future ahead of him at Spurs, but has so far seen his first-team opportunities limited by positional rival Danny Rose, who has remained an ever-present in the league this season.

Limited to cup appearances, he is nevertheless relishing life in the capital, and gearing up for a return to the line-up when Pochettino’s side host Greek club Asteras Tripolis in their third Europa League Group C match on Thursday.

'I think it's a good competition for the club to be in,' he said. ‘It gives the entire squad an opportunity for games, and games at the top level at that.

'The winner of this year's competition is guaranteed a spot in next year's Champions League too, so we've got to go into this competition looking to win it really, and if that means getting a Champions League spot at the end of it then that's great for us.

'We're expecting a tough game tomorrow. They are top of the league in our group and we've got to go out there as if it's a game against one of the best clubs in Europe.

'We've got to put our performance right on the field first, and if that's right then hopefully we'll be able to get the three points.'

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