Gareth Bale, the 28-year old winger from Wales, is reportedly linked with a possible reunion with his ex-employers Tottenham Hotspur. The Wales international moved to Real Madrid in the summer of 2013 for a then world-record fee of £85.3 million. After spending four colourful but injury-blighted years at the club, it seems Real Madrid president wants to move on the Welsh speedster.
Bale, a Southampton academy product moved to Tottenham as a left-back with a flair for attacking play. He rose to prominence early after being named the Football League Young Player of The Year in 2007, at the age of 17. His free-kick prowess made him a specialist very early in his career.
Bale’s move to Tottenham, saw him develop from an average left-back to the most promising winger in the English Premier League. His exploits in the Premier league in the two seasons of 2009-10 and 2010-11 saw him become a feared player in Europe.
The English league, known for its pace and physicality, struggled to keep up with Bale as the Welshman went on to become the PFA Player’s Player of the Year in the 2012-13 season. He also won the Football Writer’s Association Player of the Year and the PFA Young Player of the Year. He became the only second player ever at that time to win all three awards in the same season after Cristiano Ronaldo.
Gareth Bale went on to finish the season with 26 goals and 15 assists and following huge interest from Real over the summer, completed a move to the Spanish capital side for a then world-record fee.
In his four seasons at the club Bale has gone on to make 159 appearances scoring 70 goals and setting up 55 assists. He has also won the Spanish league and three Champions League trophies with the Los Blancos.
However, his Real career has been set back several times with injuries and Bale has never been able to get a long string of games for the club, testing the patience of both fans and the Real management. Although he has on several occasions said he wants to stay at Real Madrid, it might no longer be in his hand, with his latest injury being the final straw to Perez’s patience.
It is now being reported that Tottenham could be on their way to bring back home their old hero. Mauricio Pochettino had previously stated that a return to Tottenham would always be open for Bale should he not find himself comfortable and happy at Real Madrid. Bale also had previously talked about his love for Tottenham and gone on to say “I hope the fans still love me even though I’ve moved on. I love Spurs fans; you never know, I could come back one day.”
If Bale were to return to Tottenham, it would mean Tottenham would by far have the most devastatingly dangerous attacking men up front with Christain Eriksen, Dele Alli, Harry Kane and Gareth Bale all lining up for the same team.