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Bale says time felt right to return to Spurs

After a falling out with Real manager Zinedine Zidane, however, Bale has found himself marginalised and now says he is hungry to pull on the No.9 for Spurs.

“This is such a special club,” Bale, who scored 56 goals in 203 appearances for Tottenham after signing as a willowy teenager from Southampton in 2007, told the club’s website.

“I always thought that when I did leave I would one day love to come back and the opportunity has arisen. I feel like it’s a good fit, a good time in my career.

“I’m hungry and motivated and want to do well for the team and I can’t wait to get started.”

Bale, the Premier League Player of the Season in his last season at Spurs, was part of the squad when Tottenham last won a trophy, although he did not feature in the 2007-08 League Cup final victory over Chelsea.

While he was gathering silverware in Madrid, Tottenham have twice gone close to winning the Premier League and also reached the Champions League final but the trophy wait goes on.

“I hope I can get some match fitness and get underway and really help the team and hopefully win trophies,” Bale said.

Bale in action for Spurs in 2011.

Bale in action for Spurs in 2011.Credit:AP

“By going to Real Madrid and winning trophies and going far with the national team I feel like I have that winning mentality. It’s something you don’t realise until you are there.

“In finals, you know how to deal with the nerves and the pressure. That experience I hope I can bring to the dressing room, bring a bit more belief to everyone that we can win a trophy.

“Since I’ve left the club has been building and growing. It’s an exciting time for everyone. I want to contribute again to get us to the next level to win a trophy.

“To win trophies is all we want to do as players and to do it for Spurs would be a dream come true.”


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