After a seven-year spell, with Real Madrid, Gareth Bale is close to returning back to Tottenham Hotspur with the deal said to be nearing completion. The 31-year-old is likely to rejoin his old club on a year-long loan deal which will see his 13-million-a-year wages being split by both parties.
Jose Mourinho was reportedly a catalyst as he pushed for the move. The manager convinced chairman Daniel Levy to push for the signing with the winger’s dynamism needed to bolster the current Spurs front line.
Bale, on the other hand, is said to be keen on reviving his career at the club where he earned his name as one of the most lethal wingers in the world, at that time. While initially it was claimed that Real Madrid might push for the signing of Dele Alli from the other side, it is now not being discussed anymore.
Jose Mourinho had earlier claimed that Real Madrid was very close to signing Bale back in 2012, the last year of his tenure with the Los Blancos. The record Champions League winners eventually signed him for a then world-record fee, the very next season. He stated:
‘I tried to sign him for Real Madrid which was not possible to do during my time there,’ Mourinho said in his Wednesday press conference. ‘But the president followed my instinct and my knowledge and the season I left he brought Gareth to the club.
‘There is no secret on that. Even Gareth knows that. But I’m not going to speak about him anymore because he is a Real Madrid player.’
The Welshman was only able to assert his mark with the La Liga Champions in patches with injuries and inconsistency being the key factor behind his downfall. Bale and Zidane’s relationship kept deteriorating as time progressed and the 31-year-old almost sealed a transfer move to China last season, only for it to collapse at the very last minute.
Reguilon and Bale separate deals for Spurs
While Tottenham Hotspur close-in on the loan deal for their former player, the club won the race for left-back Sergio Reguilon. Spurs faced intense competition from Premier League side Manchester United, who backed out of the deal considering the clauses that Real Madrid wanted to include in the contract.
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