Tottenham Hotspur have announced the return of the 31-year-old forward Gareth Bale to the club on a season-long loan from Real Madrid.
(African Stand) — Gareth Bale has secured a sensational return to Tottenham, joining on loan seven years after leaving for Real Madrid.
In a deal pushed by Daniel Levy and approved by manager Jose Mourinho, Bale will spend the season back with Spurs with the Spanish giants subsidising a large portion of his wages.
It is the second new arrival from Madrid to N17 this week, as a £25million deal for left-back Sergio Reguilon has also been completed.
African Stand understands it was during negotiations for Reguilon that Levy asked about Bale, kicking off talks which has resulted in today’s remarkable return.
It is thought that Spurs have the option of extending the loan for a second season, which would see Bale run down the remainder of his contract at Santiago Bernabeu.
Manchester United were interested in both players but unwilling to agree to a buy-back clause for Reguilon and continue to prioritise Jadon Sancho over similar targets.
Bale is understood to have preferred a move back to the club in left in 2013, where he transformed from a left-back to frightening forward and the then world’s most expensive player.
The Wales international made over 200 appearances for Spurs between 2007 and 2013, scoring 55 goals with almost half of those coming in his final season.