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Lyon boss Garde wishes he had Tottenham's Bale at his disposal

Lyon manager Remi Garde admits he would love to have the talents of Gareth Bale in his side.

The French club head to White Hart Lane to take on Tottenham in the Europa League Round of 32 first leg on Thursday and Les Gones boss says he would love to be able to call on the Welshman who developed at Southampton when Lyon youth director Georges Prost was at the same club.

"Georges Prost worked with Gareth as a youngster at Southampton," Garde said.

"He told me a few years ago about him, but he was about 16 at the time and he had already made his debut for Southampton. He was a young man but he was already expensive then, too expensive.

"Prost told me how quick he was then, how much skill he was blessed with even at that age, so it's not a surprise to me to see the top form Gareth has been in. He is the sort of player that we do need to keep an eye on tomorrow."

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