Gareth Bale: Tottenham re-sign Real Madrid forward on loan
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19 September 202019 September 2020.From the section Tottenhamcomments
Bale s signing was announced on the same day as Sergio Reguilon s arrival at Spurs
Tottenham have re-signed Wales forward Gareth Bale from Spanish champions Real Madrid on a season-long loan.
Bale, 31, left Spurs for a then world record £85m in 2013 and went on to score more than 100 goals and win four Champions Leagues with Real.
It s nice to be back. It s such a special club to me. It s where I made my name, said Bale.
Hopefully, now I can get some match fitness, get under way and really help the team and, hopefully, win trophies.
Spurs said Bale has signed for them with a knee injury sustained playing for Wales earlier this month and they anticipate that he will be match fit after October s international break .
That would mean the forward missing their next five games, with the club s first outing following the international break at home to West Ham on 17 October.
I m hungry and motivated
Bale originally joined Tottenham as a 17-year-old from Southampton in 2007 for an initial payment of £5m.
I always thought when I did leave that I would love to come back, he added.
I feel like it is a good fit. It s a good time for me. I m hungry and motivated. I want to do well for the team and can t wait to get started.
At Real, Bale has also won two La Liga titles, one Copa del Rey, three Uefa Super Cups and three Club World Cups.
I think by going to Madrid, winning trophies and going far with the national team I feel like I have that kind of winning mentality, how to win trophies, he said.
You don t realise it until you re there and in those situations, in finals, how to kind of deal with the situation, the nerves, the pressure, and I think that all goes with experience.
Hopefully I can bring that to the dressing room, bring a bit more belief to everybody that we can win a trophy, and the target is to do that this season, to be fighting on every front possible. I want to bring that mentality here, back to Tottenham.
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.
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Real eclipsed the £80m they paid Manchester United for Cristiano Ronaldo in 2009 to take Bale to the Bernabeu, with the forward signing an initial £300,000-a-week, six-year contract.
He extended his stay with a new six-year deal in 2016, reported to be worth £600,000 a week – and £150m over its durationexternal-link
– in salaries and bonuses.
The Welshman was hugely successful in his first few seasons at Real, scoring in the 2014 and 2018 Champions League finals, as well as the 2014 Copa del Rey final.
BBC Sport readers voted Bale as the best British export of the Premier League era earlier this year, his 42% share comfortably eclipsing former England, Manchester United and Real Madrid winger David Beckham s 29%.
CompetitionWon by Bale with Real MadridChampions League2014, 2016, 2017, 2018La Liga2016-17, 2019-20Copa del Rey2014Uefa Super Cup2014, 2016, 2017Club World Cup2014, 2017, 2018
But, frustrated by a lack of playing time, Bale came close to a move to China last year before Real blocked it.
After celebrating Wales qualification for Euro 2020 with a banner reading Wales. Golf. Madrid. In that Order in November, he received a backlash in Spain and was jeered by Real fans in his first game back for the club.
His relationship with Zidane deteriorated to the extent Bale asked not to travel with the squad for the Champions League last-16 second-leg tie against Manchester City in August because he knew he had no chance of being involved.
He started just one match when the 2019-20 La Liga season resumed following the coronavirus shutdown and played only 100 minutes as Real won a first league title since 2017, and was conspicuously on the fringes of the team s celebrations.
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Bale joins manager Jose Mourinho s other signings of this transfer window, joining goalkeeper Joe Hart, defender Matt Doherty, midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and left-back Sergio Reguilon at the club.
Tottenham, Champions League finalists in 2019, were beaten 1-0 at home by Everton in their first match of the 2020-21 campaign on Sunday.
They finished sixth in the English top flight last season to qualify for the Europa League, seven points adrift of Chelsea in the final Champions League position.
Mourinho, beginning his first full campaign with Spurs after succeeding Mauricio Pochettino in December, tried to sign Bale when Real Madrid boss but the player arrived the season after the Portuguese s departure.
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Former Spurs and England midfielder Danny Murphy:
Gareth Bale has that wow factor, something only a few very special players in the world have got.
When they play, they have a different aura and a presence on the pitch that affects everyone – even before they kick a ball.
So, Bale will not just have a positive effect on his new Tottenham team-mates and give them a massive confidence boost, he will change the way opposition players feel about facing Spurs.
They will be worried when they see his name on the teamsheet and then, when they face him on the pitch, I can tell you now they will drop off five yards because they will be scared of him – whoever they are.
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The indications are that Tottenham will pay 40% of Bale s salary, which is in excess of £600,000 a week.
This figure may involve bonuses, so the actual payment may be less than £260,000 a week, but it will still place Bale above even Harry Kane, who signed a £200,000-a-week deal in 2018.
However, coming less than six months after chairman Daniel Levy put staff on furlough, and less than four months after Tottenham took out a £175m loan from the Bank of England – which it expressly says will not be used to buy players and is more likely to help pay loans for their £1bn stadium – it still raises questions about the deal.
An astute operator with a keen business brain, Levy can presumably justify the move on two grounds.
First, the impact Bale could have on Mourinho s squad, leading to success on the field and therefore more money off it. Secondly, Bale is a global star and will have a major commercial impact.
Bale s arrival puts question marks over the short-term futures of two midfielders: Dele Alli, replaced at half-time during Sunday s home defeat by Everton, and Tanguy Ndombele, a £63m club record signing last summer.
Key Bale statsIn 146 Premier League games for Tottenham Bale scored 42 times. In his last season at Tottenham in 2012-2013, Bale was involved in 37 goals in all competitions for the club (26 goals, 11 assists) – only Robin van Persie (39) and Juan Mata (49) were involved in more for a Premier League club that season.Nine of those 21 goals came outside the box; the most by any player in a single season in the competition s history.Bale is one of four Premier League players to win the PFA Players Player of the Year on two occasions, after Alan Shearer, Thierry Henry and Ronaldo. He was also only the second Premier League player (along with Ronaldo) to win both this award alongside the Young Player of the Year award in the same season.Bale is one of seven players to score at least twice in a single Champions League final, and the only British player to do so.Since he joined Madrid in the summer of 2013, only Ronaldo (318) and Karim Benzema (235) have been involved in more competitive goals for Real Madrid than Gareth Bale (162).Over the past three seasons, Gareth Bale has seen his attempted dribbles drop to three or less per 90 minutes, compared to a high of 6.2 when at Tottenham and 5.8 in his first season at Real Madrid.How is Bale s departure viewed in Madrid?Bale with team-mate Luka Modric celebrating more Champions League success with Madrid
Andy West, Spanish football writer:
The view in Madrid is… finally, he s gone.
Whether it s fair or not (and the man himself appears to be way past caring), that will be the immediate reaction of most Real Madrid fans to the news of Gareth Bale s departure.
In their minds, Bale s undeniably significant role in an impressive haul of silverware – including some genuinely sensational moments of match-winning brilliance – has been overshadowed by his startling lack of contribution in the past two years, during which time his attitude towards the club veered between disinterested apathy and hostile mockery.
In time, the acrimony of his past couple of years will be forgotten and a more generous perception will emerge, and it is already widely acknowledged that Bale was an undoubted success during his first five years in Spain.
But it can t be denied that he became an expensive burden by the end, and few fans will be sorry to see him leave.
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MME18:52 19 SepAnd this is why I have no sympathy when football clubs go into receivership. Paying a man who would rather be playing golf £250,000 a week plus bonuses to play in empty stadiums.
The more clubs that go broke the better – then maybe we can bring some sanity back to football
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Bbimbo 195418:47 19 SepThe premier league want fans back because they need the money but the cubs keep spending whilst people lose their jobs. Do one.
28IInternational Rescue 20:54 19 Septo bimbo 1954 The premier league want fans back because they need the money but the cubs keep spending whilst people lose their jobs. Do one. International Rescue replied: The Advertisers and Sponsors also want the fans back, just not the clubs. For EPL clubs attendance income is tiny to the other income sources.
Its the EFL clubs that relay more on attendance income and who will suffer more if fans not allowed back in soon.
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Oolly18:52 19 SepAnd the Premier League whinges about loss of revenue?
4KKingFreddy19:03 19 Septo olly And the Premier League whinges about loss of revenue? KingFreddy replied: A club that tried to abuse the furlough scheme, then made the backroom staff take a temporary paycut, but not the players. Took out a loan supposedly struggling for money. Can spend 300k a week on Bale.
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Mmanticor18:44 19 SepI want to see a great player playing.
12IInternational Rescue 18:56 19 Septo manticor I want to see a great player playing. International Rescue replied: So that rules out watching Spurs or Man Utd then.
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SStraitTalk18:48 19 SepNot a Spurs fan but Bale has a point to prove now, I think he will be a massive lift to the club and the team.
Bale can be another level on his day, let’s hope he lights up the premier league (Just not against my team)
10that swashbuckling polander of garwolin19:36 19 SepThis comment was removed because it broke the rules. ExplainMore replies (3)down
Kkloppo18:41 19 SepHow long before he’s injured 😢
33JJioJio18:46 19 Septo kloppo How long before he’s injured 😢 JioJio replied: Done his hamstring giving that thumbs up.
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Mmacca18:49 19 SepGood player but never worth £600K a week clubs might be playing in empty stadiums for a whole season and will never have a better opportunity to scale players /agents demands down .
8Sstevef20:23 19 Septo macca Good player but never worth £600K a week clubs might be playing in empty stadiums for a whole season and will never have a better opportunity to scale players /agents demands down . stevef replied: You do know it was RM who gave him the £600k dont you ? Not Spurs. If you were him ( funny ) I suppose you would have said no based on your strick principals. Yeah right. And I also guess you are a gooner. Making your opinion on a Spurs hys irrelevant.
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KKopOfTheLeague18:44 19 SepI bet Spurs fans have dreamed of what their team would have been like with both Kane and Bale in the line-up.
I guess we’ll all find out this season. Should be interesting to watch.
6HHTO19:01 19 Septo KopOfTheLeague I bet Spurs fans have dreamed of what their team would have been like with both Kane and Bale in the line-up.I guess we’ll all find out this season. Should be interesting to watch. HTO replied: Probably only see them together a few time this season!! One or the other will always be injured!
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Kkoiahoy18:46 19 SepCan’t wait for all the golf related ‘jokes’
8Ddavey bones18:52 19 Septo koiahoy Can’t wait for all the golf related ‘jokes’ davey bones replied: You didn’t have to wait long, probably the same geniuses who’ve spouted Harry claim for the last couple of years. They don’t realise the joke is on them and their childlike unoriginal posts.
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Ttheinternet_18:42 19 SepShould paper over the cracks for another season
18Ttoffeeforever19:11 19 Septo theinternet_ Should paper over the cracks for another season toffeeforever replied: Golf, Wales, Spurs…… in that order?
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BBrass Eye19:16 19 SepInjured already and not even played a game yet, they’ll be renaming the treatment room at at Tottenham the Gareth Bale suite.
10Lliverpool supporter right here21:25 19 Septo Brass Eye Injured already and not even played a game yet, they’ll be renaming the treatment room at at Tottenham the Gareth Bale suite. liverpool supporter right here replied: What you mean renaming the Darren Anderton suite to Gareth Bale. He wont like that
2Ddes32118:50 19 SepHalf a mil a week and not match fit,,Wow.
11CChanging Times18:41 19 SepIt’ll end in tears.
32AArchibald9018:43 19 Septo Changing Times It’ll end in tears. Archibald90 replied: Couldn’t agree more
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GGeo18:48 19 SepThere’s a large contrast between 24 & 31 but time will tell…
4DDwayne Dibly21:10 19 Septo Geo There’s a large contrast between 24 & 31 but time will tell… Dwayne Dibly replied: Would rather have a low mile Enzo than a high mileage Porsche. COYS
5BBobbylogic18:48 19 SepBoth parties are clearly desperate!
15TToe2Toe18:46 19 SepWelcome back.
Don’t support Spurs but I do support football and Bale back is great for the EPL.
Bale and Kane is a partnership to savour.
4EEh-eh-eeeeeh19:29 19 SepBale. Is. Back
Bale Bale Bale
Awesome exciting player that any football fan should love watching and appreciate.
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PPerivale Elvis18:47 19 SepHis medals drawer must be full.
6DDaydaboi20:40 19 Septo Perivale Elvis His medals drawer must be full. Daydaboi replied: 🤣🤣🤣🤣
2TThe Right Opinion19:30 19 SepWonder if he’ll decide to learn the language this time.
2JJohn T21:16 19 SepThere’s only one word for its salary-OBSCENE!!
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