'Welcome home': Gareth Bale completes return to Tottenham from Real Madrid

'Welcome home': Gareth Bale completes return to Tottenham from Real Madrid

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has denied a rift with Gareth Bale and wished the winger well ahead of his impending return to Tottenham Hotspur on loan.

Tottenham did not disclose the transfer fee but British media reported that they paid 30 million euros ($35.51 million) for the 23-year-old Spain worldwide.

Bale will not be fit to make his second debut for the club until late October due to an injury.

Bale's first spell at Spurs saw him clock up 203 competitive appearances, registering 56 goals and 58 assists, and lifting the 2008 League Cup, the last major trophy they won.

Real Madrid - desperate to get Bale off their wages bill - are pushing for a permanent transfer but Spurs, no doubt anxious about the player's reputation for injuries, would prefer a loan move and want the Spanish club to pay a portion of his wages.

His quality cannot be questioned so this could be a superb piece of business for Tottenham if Bale can rediscover the kind of form that persuaded Real Madrid to pay £86m for his services in 2013.

One excited fan, who had tracked the flight online to Luton, was among the first to get up close to Bale at the airport as he posed for a selfie inside a black Audi for the fan.

"By going to Madrid, winning trophies and going far with the national team, I feel like I have that winning mentality", Bale said.

Manchester United had also been in contact with Reguilon's representatives, however, Madrid were insistent that a buy-back clause was included in any deal - a stipulation Spurs have agreed to.

I'm not sure he will want to be on the edge of his own box chasing fullbacks back. On the website of the white club you can select the new elastic bands of all the members of the squad who were also last season and among them was not Bale on Thursday morning.

Reguilon, 23, was named the best left-back in La Liga for his performances last season while on loan at Sevilla. Before moving to Spain on a then-world record transfer, he made nearly 150 Premier League appearances and notched 42 goals for Tottenham, which he joined from Southampton in 2007.

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