Tottenham Signed Former Madrid Player Bale
Tottenham have re-signed Wales striker Gareth Bale from Real Madrid, the Spanish champions, on loan for an entire season. The 31-year-old Bale left Spurs for a world record of £ 85 million in 2013 and then scored more than 100 goals and won four Champions League titles with Real Madrid.
“It’s nice to be back. It’s such a special club to me. It’s where I made a name for myself,” Bale said.
“Hopefully now I can get fit for the game, get going and really help the team and hopefully win trophies.”
The Spurs said Bale signed for them with a knee injury he suffered playing for Wales earlier this month and that “they anticipate that he will be in good shape after the international break in October.”
That would mean the forward would miss his next five games, with the club’s first outing after the international break at home to West Ham on 17 October.
Bale originally joined Tottenham when he was 17 from Southampton in 2007 for a £ 5 million down payment. “I always thought when I left that I would love to come back,” he added.
“I feel like it fits well. This is a good time for me. I’m hungry and motivated. I want to do well for the team and I can’t wait to get started. ”
At Real, Bale has also won two La Liga titles, a Copa del Rey, three UEFA Super Cups and three Club World Cups.
“I think that 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 realize until you are there and in those situations, in the finals, how to deal with the situation, the nerves, the pressure, and I think it all goes with the experience.
“Hopefully I can bring that to the locker room, make everyone believe a little more that we can win a trophy, and the goal is to do it this season, fight on all possible fronts. I want to bring that mentality here, back to Tottenham. ”
Bale remains the most expensive British player in history, as well as the British player with the most goals in La Liga, with 80 goals and 40 assists in 171 league games, averaging one goal or assist every 104 minutes.
However, a series of injuries, indifferent form and a deteriorating relationship with coach Zinedine Zidane had made Bale a marginal figure.
Real eclipsed the £ 80 million they paid Manchester United for Cristiano Ronaldo in 2009 to bring Bale to the Bernabéu, and the forward signed an initial six-year contract for £ 300,000 a week.
He extended his stay with a new six-year contract in 2016, which reported a value of £ 600,000 per week, and £ 150 million over its duration, in wages and bonuses.
The Welshman had great success in his first seasons at Real, scoring in the 2014 and 2018 Champions League finals, as well as the 2014 Copa del Rey final.