Spanish papers react as Bale nears loan move to re-join Tottenham

‘From villain to hero’: Spanish papers react as Gareth Bale receives rapturous reception at Tottenham’s training ground to re-join former club on loan from Real Madrid

  • Gareth Bale agreed a season-long loan to re-join Tottenham earlier this week 
  • Real Madrid are set to subsidise at least half of Bale’s £500,000-a-week wages 
  • The Welshman received a hero’s welcome at Spurs’ training ground on Friday 
  • Reaction from Spanish papers suggested they were happy to see Bale depart 

Gareth Bale is on the verge of re-joining Tottenham and the Spanish press couldn’t be more happier with the exit of Real Madrid’s ‘villain’. 

The Wales international, 31, agreed a season-long loan earlier this week, with Madrid subsidising at least half of his £500,000 per-week wages. 

And he received a hero’s welcome from jubilant supporters when he arrived at the club’s training ground on Friday, seven years after leaving to join Real Madrid in a then world-record £86million transfer.

AS’ headline read: ‘from villain to hero’ as Gareth Bale closes in on a move to Tottenham

The Real Madrid forward was given a hero’s welcome at Spurs’ training ground on Friday

The front page of Spanish publication AS displayed one such image of jubilation with a fan taking a picture with the Welshman in his car, and with relief in Madrid that he has been moved on for the next season at least captioned it with the phrase: ‘from villain to hero’.

AS also makes reference to the ‘superstar’ welcome Bale received upon his arrival in London, and claim that Spurs are expected to present the player on Saturday.

However, they also support Marca’s claim that he will have to wait for his second Tottenham debut because he is still suffering from a knee injury he picked up on international duty with Wales earlier this month.

Marca themselves went with the headline: ‘All yours’, showing a picture of Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho smiling with Bale.

Marca went with the headline: ‘All yours’ showing a smiling Jose Mourinho with Bale

Above the main headline, the publication adds: ‘Bale arrives at Mourinho’s Tottenham… and is injured for a month!’

Bale, who was routinely criticised over his questionable fitness record in Madrid, travelled to London on Friday to undergo his medical and Tottenham will be hoping his knee problem will not keep him sidelined for too long.

His Madrid team-mate Sergio Reguilon is also set to finalise his move to Spurs. The club have agreed a £27.5 m deal with a further £4.5 m due in add-ons.

He has signed a five-year deal, with Spurs agreeing to Madrid’s demand for a £36.5m buyback clause — a demand Manchester United refused in their pursuit of the player — which can be activated in the next two years. 

Bale was criticised for his fitness record in Madrid and has arrived at Tottenham with a knock

As revealed by Sportsmail, the deal for Bale will cost Spurs £13m in wages and does not include an option or obligation to buy him. However, they will have an option to extend the loan for a second year.

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is keen to retain an option to bring Bale back to the Bernabeu next summer, despite the player’s fall-out with manager Zinedine Zidane.

Perez is wary of Bale rediscovering his best form in England so has left the door open for him to return next season.

Spurs’ deals for Bale and Reguilon however were not completed in time for the pair to be involved in Sunday’s trip to Southampton.

Real Madrid left-back Sergio Reguilon is also set to join Spurs in a permanent transfer

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