Gareth Bale has secured a sensational return to Tottenham, joining on loan seven years after leaving for Real Madrid.
In a deal pushed by Daniel Levy and endorsed by manager Jose Mourinho, Bale will spend the season with Spurs with the Spanish giants subsidizing a large chunk of his salary.
This is Madrid’s second new N17 arrival this week, as a £ 25million deal for left-back Sergio Reguilon has also been struck.
Sport standard understands that it was during negotiations for Reguilon that Levy asked questions about Bale, starting the talks that culminated in today’s remarkable comeback.
Spurs are believed to have the option of extending the loan for a second season, which would see Bale complete the remainder of his contract at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Manchester United were interested in both players, but were unwilling to agree to a buyout clause for Reguilon and continue to prioritize Jadon Sancho over similar goals.
Bale would have preferred a return to the left-wing club in 2013, where he went from a left-back to a scary striker and the world’s most expensive player at the time.
The Welsh international made more than 200 appearances for Spurs between 2007 and 2013, scoring 55 goals, almost half of which in his last season.