Tottenham have secured the services of favourite son Gareth Bale for the 2020/21 season after he Welshman signed for Spurs on a loan deal from parent club Real Madrid.
Bale had long been searching for a way out of Madrid after he fell out favour when manager Zinadine Zadane returned for a second spell.
Bale was set to move to China last season but a move was blocked at the death by Madrid.
The 31 year-old departed North London in 2013 for a world record fee of £89.5 million.
Bale. Is. Back.
Welcome home, @GarethBale11 😍 #BaleIsBack ⚪️ #COYS pic.twitter.com/iOIWC2ZwtC
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) September 19, 2020
Bale has two years left to run on his £600,000-a-week contract with Madrid with ESPN reporting that Spurs will cover around £250,000-a-week as part of the deal.
They have reportedly not paid a loan fee the deal does not include an option or obligation to buy Bale next summer.
Spurs also confirmed that Bale will be missing until October through injury.
To all the Spurs fans, after 7 years, I’m back! #COYS @SpursOfficial https://t.co/NbAaUWefQP pic.twitter.com/zGk37PnQe9
— Gareth Bale (@GarethBale11) September 19, 2020
Real Madrid released a rather short statement that has come under criticism for a lack of respect.
The statement read: "We are delighted to announce the return of Gareth Bale to the club on a season-long loan from Real Madrid.
"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. We anticipate that he will be match fit after October's international break."