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Another disgruntled Real Madrid star heads to the Premier League as Welsh winger Gareth Bale returns to Tottenham Hotspur on a one-season loan deal.
“We are delighted to announce the return of Gareth Bale to the club on a season-long loan from Real Madrid,” said Tottenham in a statement.
The Spurs will pay Bale 250k euros a week, nearly half of his 600k contract with Real Madrid. He returns the Spurs for a second stint after Real Madrid broke the world-record transfer fee of 89.5 million euros in 2013.
From 2007-13, Bale was an influential playmaker for the club, scoring 56 goals along with 58 assists in 205 matches. After Real Madrid broke the world record in signing him, he made an impact, scoring 105 goals in 251 matches. This included a world-class performance in the 2018 Champions League Final as he scored the match-winning goal on a bicycle kick in the second half and scored another off a Loris Karius blunder to give Real Madrid the 3-1 victory over Liverpool. However, he has clashed with manager Zinedine Zidane, starting only 14 matches last season, prompting him to wave a flag at Wales, which read “Wales. Golf. Madrid. In that order.”
The Spurs needed this boost but recognize he will not be able to make an immediate impact for the club.
“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 preseason,” said Tottenham. “We anticipate that he will be match fit after October’s international break.”
Bale joins a Spurs squad coming off a disappointing sixth-place finish in the Premier League, a round of 16 elimination from the Champions League and a 1-0 opening weekend loss to Everton. Jose Mourinho lacked playmakers as their front line as constantly been hampered by injuries. While Bale will not be fit until the end of October’s international break, he should bolster their attack with his incredible scoring ability and overall playmaking, making them more dangerous as the season progresses.
This has been a great day for the Spurs as they also added defender Sergio Reguilon from Real Madrid for 30 million euros. He spent last season on loan at Sevilla and excelled as a full-back for the Europa League champions. After Everton handled their backline last week, reinforcements were needed, making this a much-needed acquisition for a club looking to get back to the Champions League after failing to qualify last season.
Tottenham will face Southampton on Sunday, their first away match of the 2020-21 Premier League campaign.