Gareth Bale arrives at a private airport terminal in Madrid to fly to London with the announcement of his return to Spurs imminent… as Daniel Levy waits for him at Tottenham’s training ground
Gareth Bale was seen driving into a private terminal at Madrid airport as the Welsh winger prepares to board a flight to London to seal his return to Tottenham.
Sportsmail exclusively revealed on Wednesday that Bale has agreed a season-long loan deal to return to north London.
He will earn more than £13million in wages as part of the one-year deal negotiated by Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy.
Gareth Bale was spotted driving into a private airport terminal in Madrid on Friday morning
Levy is looking to put the finishing touches to a loan deal bringing Gareth Bale back to the club
Levy was pictured arriving bright and early at Tottenham’s Enfield training base earlier on Friday morning as he sits tight to announce Bale’s return to the club.
Bale said goodbye to his team-mates at Real’s Valdebebas training facility on Thursday and wasted no time on Friday in heading for the airport.
Levy was temperature tested by security staff on his arrival as part of ongoing protocol amid the coronavirus pandemic.
It is believed Levy sorted a large portion of the deal on Tuesday with Jose Mourinho a driving force in helping move it along following their opening day defeat to Everton in the Premier League.
A few minor formalities were completed on Thursday and all that is left is for Bale to arrive back in north London and sign.
Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy was seen biting his nails as he arrived for work on Friday
He was temperature tested by security staff at the Enfield base as part of added precautions
Bale became a fan favourite at Spurs where he scored 56 goals and provided 58 assists
Mourinho has been a long-term admirer of Bale and has tried to sign him multiple times
Even with the deal close to completion, Mourinho refused to be drawn into public comment on the Bale move after Thursday night’s 2-1 Europa League victory against Lokomotiv Plovdiv in Bulgaria.
‘I can’t comment,’ he said. ‘I don’t comment on something that I don’t know. For me, at this moment, until Gareth Bale is a Tottenham player I still think and respect the fact that he is a Real Madrid player. I am not going to comment on a Real Madrid player.’
Bale became a fan favourite at Spurs where he scored 56 goals and provided 58 assists in 203 appearances.
In 2012-13 he was crowned Tottenham’s Player of the Year and also claimed the PFA Players’ Player of the Year, PFA Young Player of the Year, Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year and Premier League Player of the Season award.
He was the Premier League’s most impressive player and Real Madrid were aggressive in the transfer market in bringing him in to partner Cristiano Ronaldo at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Relations soured between Bale and Zinedine Zidane and he almost left for China last summer
Gareth Bale was filmed arriving at Real Madrid’s training ground on Thursday morning
The Welshman has won four Champions League titles since making the move to Spain but has found life tough under Zinedine Zidane.
The French boss has struggled to take to Bale and has largely kept him out of the side since returning for his second spell in charge.
Bale saw a move to the Chinese Super League collapse last summer but having played such a peripheral role in their title win last season, both the club and the player have concluded it is best for him to move, at least temporarily, elsewhere to return to his best.