Indeed there’s no place like home, especially for Gareth Bale!
The Wales forward who left Tottenham Hotspurs just at the peak of his brilliant career 7 years ago has found his way back to where it all really started for him.
Bale, left Spurs for a then world record £85m in 2013 for Spanish giants Real Madrid and went on to score more than 100 goals and win four Champions Leagues with Real.
Bale remains the most expensive British player in history, as well as the top-scoring British player in La Liga – with 80 goals and 40 assists in 171 league appearances, averaging a goal or assist every 104 minutes.
However, a run of injuries, indifferent form and a deteriorating relationship with manager Zinedine Zidane had seen Bale become a marginal figure at Real and even after seven years, Tottenham couldn’t be happier to take him back, even though for just a year.
Tottenham took to their twitter handle to announce his return after securing a loan deal with Real Madrid with giddy enthusiasm.
Bale, who signed for Spurs as a 17-year-old from Southampton in 2007 and made 203 appearances for Spurs in all competitions before departing in 2013, scoring 55 goals – including 26 in a memorable final campaign in 2012/13
confirmed his return with a tweet.
The forward who will wear the No.9 jersey at Tottenham was all smiles at his unveiling, a thing that was becoming increasingly rare to see him do at Real Madrid.
On their part, Real Madrid wished the player luck.
“Real Madrid C. F. and Tottenham Hotspur FC have agreed to the loan of Gareth Bale for next season, until 30 June, 2021.
“Our club wishes the best of luck to a player who is part of one of the most successful periods of our history,” it added.
Alongside four champions league, Bale also won two La Liga titles, one Copa del Rey, three Uefa Super Cups and three Club World Cups during his time away at Madrid, while Tottenham is yet to lift silverware within that duration, we look to see how his return can spur ‘Spurs’ into winning silverwares.
Welcome back, Gareth!