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Gareth Bale completes incredible loan move back to Tottenham

It’s DONE! Gareth Bale completes stunning £13m year-long loan move back to Tottenham after being frozen out at Real Madrid and will wear the No 9 shirt… but he won’t make debut until late October after medical uncovered knee injury

  • Tottenham have confirmed the return of Gareth Bale to north London on loan
  • He returns on a year-long loan seven years after departing for Real Madrid
  • Spurs are believed to be paying half of the 31 year-old’s £500,000 weekly wages 
  • The Wales superstar left White Hart Lane in 2013 for a then-world record fee 
  • However, after being frozen out at Real Madrid he has been forced to leave Spain

Tottenham have confirmed the return of Gareth Bale on a season long loan from Real Madrid and have handed him the number nine shirt.

However, supporters will have to wait until after the next international break for his Tottenham debut after his medical uncovered a knee injury.

Tottenham had anticipated that having barely played Bale would require more time initially to undergo a personal training programme to prepare for the rigours of the Premier League but the injury he picked up while on international duty means he is setting his sights on the home fixture with West Ham on October 17 for his possible debut.

Tottenham have confirmed the return of Gareth Bale who has joined on loan for 2020-21

The Welshman returns to north London seven years after departing for the Spanish giants

The Welshman returns to north London seven years after departing for the Spanish giants

Daniel Levy and Mourinho are thought to be driving factors in securing Bale's return

Daniel Levy and Mourinho are thought to be driving factors in securing Bale’s return

Spurs have agreed to pay £13m of his mammoth £26m-a-year wage, with Madrid paying rest

Spurs have agreed to pay £13m of his mammoth £26m-a-year wage, with Madrid paying rest

The forward scored 54 goals and registered 46 assists during seven years at the club

The forward scored 54 goals and registered 46 assists during seven years at the club

Spurs fans will be hoping to see Bale's iconic 'heart' celebration once again this season

Spurs fans will be hoping to see Bale’s iconic ‘heart’ celebration once again this season

The former fan favourite will don the Spurs shirt once again this season after seven years

The former fan favourite will don the Spurs shirt once again this season after seven years

BALE AT TOTTENHAM 

Arrived: May 2007, from Southampton (£5million)

Games played: 195

Games started: 181

Goals: 54

Assists: 46

Awards: PFA, FWA Player of the Year, PFA Young Player of the Year

Departure: September 2013, to Real Madrid for £85million (then a world record fee)

Tottenham confirmed: ‘Gareth sustained a knee injury whilst playing for Wales on international duty earlier this month and this, together with La Liga’s later start compared to the Premier League, means he has had a limited pre-season.

‘We currently anticipate that he will be match fit after October’s international break.’

Seven years after leaving for a then-world record £86million, the 31-year-old has agreed a deal that fits into Tottenham’s wage structure on around £200,000 a week.

He said: ‘It’s nice to be back, where I made my name. I always thought about returning. I’m hungry, I’m motivated I can’t wait to get strated. I want to get some match fitness and hopefully help the team win trophies.

‘Hopefully I can bring a bit more belief back to the dressing room and that winning mentality. I want to get us to the next level and that’s win trophies. To do it at Tottenham now would be a dream come true.’

Bale will be joined by Real Madrid clubmate Sergio Reguilon for a fee that could rise to £32m but is understood to be structured to a minimal payment in the first year.

Bale returns to Spurs - the club where he made his name - after a seven year stint in Madrid

Bale returns to Spurs – the club where he made his name – after a seven year stint in Madrid 

Tottenham are set to place Bale on an intensive training programme once he returns

Tottenham are set to place Bale on an intensive training programme once he returns

Medics believe it will take Bale up to four weeks to be in top shape for Jose Mourinho's side

Medics believe it will take Bale up to four weeks to be in top shape for Jose Mourinho’s side

Bale and Sergio Reguilon made the morning flight from Madrid together on a private jet

Bale and Sergio Reguilon made the morning flight from Madrid together on a private jet

Left-back Reguilon, 23, and Bale flew to Londonon Friday on a private jet chartered by chairman Daniel Levy. After landing at Luton airport, they were driven to the Enfield training HQ to be met by supporters. 

They completed medicals in Madrid on Thursday and are likely to meet conditions that will enable them to avoid quarantining in the UK.

Reguilon, who will wear the number three shirt, was named the best left-back in La Liga for his performances last season while on loan at Sevilla and made his Spain debut this month in a 4-0 win over Ukraine in the Nations League. Both were targets for Manchester United initially but the Old Trafford club failed to find suitable agreements.

Tottenham had also considered a loan for Madrid striker Luka Jovic but are discussing other options. 

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