Sports Back from Madrid anguish, Bale's Tottenham 2nd debut awaits

03:20  17 october  2020
03:20  17 october  2020 Source:   msn.com

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Tottenham fans are excited over Bale making his return after seven years away. Tottenham fans are long awaiting the second coming of Bale at their club, after he left to join Real Madrid for a Bale is back at the club on a season-long loan from the reigning Spanish champions, after a tumultuous

Bale is now back at Tottenham , on loan from Real Madrid , and awaiting his second debut . By the end of the season, Bale had scored 26 goals and contributed 15 assists in all competitions for his club. Of course, this attracted covetous glances from elsewhere and the Welshman duly moved to Real

LONDON — It was a moment of magnificence Tottenham had become accustomed to seeing Gareth Bale produce: A shot unleashed from 25 yards, curling into the top corner of the net.

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As so often, Bale was Tottenham's saviour on May 19, 2013. But the match-winner against Sunderland wasn't enough to squeeze Tottenham into the Champions League or convince Bale to stay at the club that transformed him from a left back into a left winger terrorizing defences.

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In this video, Tottenham Hotspurs fan share their excitement for welcoming Real Madrid ' s Gareth Bale . The Welsh man has been signed for a loan for £27million.

Bale is now back at Tottenham after rejoining them on a season loan from the Spaniards. He won four Champions Leagues and two LaLigas, and And AVB - who was sacked by Spurs a few months after Bale ’ s sale - believes it was their chat which turned the former Southampton trainee’s career around.

The 100 million euros (a then world-record $132 million) offered by Real Madrid was too irresistible to reject for Tottenham. A move to a European powerhouse was just what Bale had been seeking. But seven years later Bale is back in north London on a season-long loan from Madrid at age 31, leaving behind his critics in Madrid with a bulging medals' collection the envy of most players.

“When you actually analyze it, Gareth has been a huge success,” Bale’s agent, Jonathan Barnett, told The Associated Press, "He has been probably Britain’s most successful export in soccer. And so to look at it in just the last (few months) is a bit unfair. If you look at it over a long period of time, you would say how wonderful Gareth has done.

“Unfortunately, at the end (in Madrid) ... it is a shame people write so much about this little bit and so little about his whole future.”

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Tottenham have reportedly approached Real Madrid over his possible return. The idea that Gareth Bale could go back to Tottenham this summer has been rubbished by the player’s agent ‘Nothing has changed,’ Bale ’ s representative told Sportsmail on Tuesday after Marca published a front-page

Gareth Bale has arrived back at Tottenham after seven years to a brand new stadium and a state-of-the-art training base. He’ s the superstar who left so that he could win everything with Real Madrid . This is his honeymoon period, but I’m sure he realises the supporters will be looking for something

The future is wearing a Tottenham jersey — hopefully for Bale against West Ham in the Premier League on Sunday to help the team return to the Champions League.

“There’s been things in the past people saying, ‘He’s lost his love.’ But it never happens,” Bale said recently. “I think it’s maybe just the love was lost at the club I was at.”

The love affair with Tottenham can be rekindled with what is essentially his second debut for the club. It would be in a stadium that didn't even exist when he played on the same patch of north London for the last time at White Hart Lane 2,709 days earlier.

“He is working very well, he is working in the way he was not able to do for a long time,” Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho said Friday. “He is in pretty good condition.”

Bale’s first Tottenham appearance was in August 2007, a 1-0 loss to Manchester United — the team Mourinho’s side routed 6-1 before the international break. Only goalkeeper Hugo Lloris remains from the side that beat Sunderland on the final day of the 2012-13 season in Bale’s farewell to Spurs.

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Tottenham Hotspur sold Gareth Bale to Real Madrid for a staggering total of £90million on September 1, 2013, and throughout that summer spent £108m on seven players, in a bid to replace the two-time PFA Players' Player of the Year.

Gareth Bale could make his long awaited Tottenham return against West Ham on Sunday. It was the surest sign of bridges burnt but evidence, too, that Bale ’ s weapons still fired. This weekend against West Ham, Bale can prove just how much gunpowder remains.

Now Mourinho is relishing having a full complement of attacking options that could see Bale start up front with Harry Kane and Son Heung-min.

“One of the first questions in my first conversation with Gareth ... was, ‘What’s your favourite position?’” Mourinho said. "It’s not as a No. 10, it’s not as a striker, it’s not any more on the left side like he did in the first years of his career at Southampton and Tottenham. His favourite position now is on the right side.

“So, that was a very good starting point of his development here. When he reaches his continuity and when he reaches his normal intensity and dynamic, I think he can be the player people saw being decisive when he went to Real Madrid, in a very similar position."

It's been more than a month since Bale was fit enough to play for Wales, just before the return to Tottenham was completed after being ostracized at Madrid.

Zinedine Zidane only used Bale for around 100 minutes in La Liga games after the pandemic shutdown ended in June and didn't use him at all in the Champions League in August before a 45-word statement signalled his departure.

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“He needs his football,” Mourinho said, “and he needs to feel a top player again."

Bale was characterized as never fully settling in Madrid or to the Spanish way of life because he didn't speak the language and preferred quieter afternoons away from training playing golf, rather than late nights socializing with teammates.

Perhaps less time was spent time by Madrid — or local media — dwelling on his ability to make an impact on the biggest occasions. Like the extra-time header that put Madrid ahead for good in the 2014 Champions League final victory over Atlético Madrid. Or the two goals, including a bicycle kick, as a substitute in the 2018 final to defeat Liverpool.

“He has won everything, he has shown he has been one of the top players in the world,” said Barnett, who recently sold his agency to U.S.-based ICM Partners but will remain in charge of the incorporated ICM Stellar Sports division. “So there is no real pressure. He does not have to prove himself to anyone.

"But what he has to do — I want him to just enjoy himself, enjoy his life. He has got everything else in life. So let him enjoy his last couple of years or whatever in football.”


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