It's becoming increasingly likely that we will be seeing Gareth Bale in the Premier League again this season.
It's no secret that the Welshman's relationship with Real Madrid fans and manager Zinedine Zidane has been strained, to say the least, with Zidane going on record saying that it was a mistake to block Bale's proposed move to China in the last transfer window.
There are growing reports linking Bale with a return to Spurs, a club where he shot to stardom, winning two PFA Player of the Year awards which catapulted him to superstar status and earned him a then-world record switch to Real Madrid. Bale scored 56 goals and provided 58 assists in 203 Spurs appearances, sparkling in the 2012-13 Premier League campaign, scoring 21 times and assisting on nine occasions. Los Blancos came calling in 2013 and the Welsh wizard made the move to the Spanish capital for £85.3m.
And it's difficult to argue with Bale's record with Real Madrid. He's won four Champions League titles (2014, 2016, 2017, 2018), La Liga (2016-17), Copa del Rey (2014), three UEFA Super Cup titles (2014, 2016, 2017) and three Club World Cups (2014, 2017, 2018).
He's scored in two separate Champions League finals, including a stunning overhead to bury Liverpool in 2018. He's worked with one of the best managers in the world, performed alongside some of the brightest stars on the planet and produced on the big stages when the world was watching. There is simply no doubt about Bale's calibre.
It's understood that the Tottenham board is working hard to secure a sensational return for the 31-year-old on loan for the season.
"Gareth still loves Spurs," his agent Jonathan Barnett told BBC Sport Wales. "It's where he wants to be."
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