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  • Gareth Bale close to returning to Tottenham
  • Bale likely to move back to Hotspur on loan
  • Bale wants to play where he will be appreciated

Gareth Bale is nearing a return to Tottenham with reports that negotiations are now underway for a season-long loan. Things have not gone well for the 31-year-old over at Real Madrid and there was a growing belief that the Welsh international would be moving this summer.

As things stand now, Bale is training alone at Madrid’s training ground. He is set to fly to London to sign a contract although details on the actual pact have yet to be revealed. For now, the only thing known is that lawyers are in Spain and England, working on a contract that will make Bale a Spurs player once more. Once ironed out, Bale returns to the same team he left seven years ago, Sky Sports reported.

As mentioned in a previous post, Bale is not getting playing time under Zinedine Zidane as his football career is sagging down. Tottenham emerged as the likely destination with Jose Mourinho ready to give the 31-year-old the chance to revive his sagging career.

For now, the deal being worked out is reportedly a season-long loan deal. It remains to be seen if the agreement would include options to make the stay permanent. According to Bale’s agent Jonathan Barnett, talks are progressing slowly but a move out of Real Madrid is closer compared to the last seven years.

A reunion between Bale and Tottenham could have happened in 2017 but the conditions back then prevented such from happening. That includes the $460,000 per week wages that Bale was getting at the time.

"Gareth is closer to leaving Madrid than at any time in the last seven years. We are still negotiating. We shall see how it goes," Barnett said via BBC.

With negotiations underway, Mourinho played it safe and said that Bale technically remains a player of Real Madrid. Out of respect, he prefers not to comment at this time.

“He is a Real Madrid player and I don't comment on players from other clubs. I have to respect that. It's better not to speak,” Mourinho said.

All Bale is looking for right now is to play for a club where he will be appreciated and respected. According to sources, Los Blancos is ready to loan him out and Tottenham is the club in hot pursuit of the Welsh winger.

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 Photo: AFP / PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU