• Gareth Bale's return to Tottenham is officially complete
  • The 31-year-old winger is not expected to play until October due to his injury
  • Bale's deal does not include an obligation to buy the player next summer

Gareth Bale is officially returning to the club he left in 2013. Tottenham Hotspur will welcome back the 31-year-old player on a season-long loan, although the deal does not include an option to buy next summer.

Bale underwent the final part of his medical in North London on Friday, Sept. 18, ESPN reported. He has two years remaining in his current deal with Real Madrid worth roughly $775,000 a week. The Spurs will cover around $322,000 of it as part of the deal.

Los Blancos made the official announcement via their Twitter account.

"Real Madrid C. F. and Tottenham Hotspur FC have agreed to the loan of Gareth Bale for next season, until 30 June, 2021. Our club wishes the best of luck to a player who is part of one of the most successful periods of our history," the statement read.

Tottenham also confirmed the winger's return on its own Twitter, posting, "Bale. Is. Back. Welcome home, @GarethBale11."

And while the development is good news for Tottenham fans, seeing the 31-year-old back on the field may take time. He will stay in the sidelines until October as he continues recovering from a knee injury he sustained while playing for Wales.

"Gareth sustained a knee injury whilst playing for Wales on international duty earlier this month and this together with La Liga's later start compared to the Premier League means he has had a limited preseason. We anticipate that he will be match fit after October's international break," a statement on the Spurs' website read.

Jose Mourinho hopes Bale and another new signing, Sergio Reguilon, can provide a big boost in the Spurs's new campaign. But the focus is undoubtedly on Bale.

Bale found himself being held out in Spain. He started in only 14 matches last season, with most speculating a falling out between him and Zizou.

The 31-year-old has accomplished a lot in the last seven years, including winning four Champions League titles and two La Liga titles. Aside from that, he has also won the Copa del Rey, Spanish Super Cup, two UEFA Super Cups and three FIFA Club World Cups.

Bale has amassed 105 goals in 251 games across all competitions and will now look to append those accomplishments in his return to Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Real Madrid's Welsh forward Gareth Bale urges prudence before any return to football action
Real Madrid's Welsh forward Gareth Bale urges prudence before any return to football action AFP / PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU