After years of links away from Real Madrid, Gareth Bale is finally set to leave and return to Tottenham Hotspur.
Following a public declaration on Sky Sports News during his most recent international break that he wants to leave, it seems Bale will now get his wish as the two clubs move closer to a loan deal.
After originally being linked with a move to Manchester United as an alternative in the club’s pursuit of Jadon Sancho, it emerged that Tottenham have moved ahead of them in the race and his agent has confirmed that “Gareth is closer to leaving Madrid now than at any time in the last seven years.”
I have already explained why the move to United was a bad one for the club and why the fan’s weren’t interested in him at Old Trafford anymore after years of links. But the move to Spurs does make sense.
Firstly, he is a Tottenham icon. He is arguably the best player they’ve had during the Premier League era and many fans feel robbed that he spent his best years elsewhere. He is 31 now and has had several injuries but that doesn’t take away from the romance of the relationship between fans and player.
Secondly, they’re desperate for quality depth to help Harry Kane. At Manchester United, they need someone to slot into the starting line-up and bring proven quality and reliability to the side. Tottenham need another star to take the pressure off Harry Kane but also someone who can play across the front-line and help the likes of Heung-Min Son, Lucas Moura and Steven Bergwijn back him up.
There is more than enough depth in the attack for Bale not to be expected to play every game, but the expectation is that he would still be first-choice whether it be as the right-winger or in a more central position behind the striker. There’s also the less pressure on Bale to be the man with their expectations no different from when he left seven years ago.
A loan deal where Spurs pay a portion of Bale’s wages work for Spurs. If the deal turns out well, they have pulling power to get him permanently next summer when he’ll have just one year left on his contract. If it doesn’t work, he goes back to Madrid in 12 months and isn’t there problem anymore.
It’s a match made in North London and it looks like we will be welcoming Gareth Bale back to the Premier League sooner rather than later.