About a month ago, we reported that Gareth Bale was set for a return to the Premier League and that Tottenham Hotspur, his old stomping ground, was a potential target for the Welsh winger as he draws his time with Real Madrid to a close.
The latest reports come from The Daily Star, who propose that not only has Bale recently purchased a house in England but that he has allegedly snubbed a move to Manchester United so he can return to his old North London club.
When sold to Madrid, Gareth Bale held the world record transfer fee and was one of the most sought-after players in the world. After five seasons peppered with silverware but somewhat absent of fulfilling his potential, it seems like the time has finally come to leave Madrid.
Bale has frustrated Madrid fans in the past season or two with spells of injury and a string of underwhelming performances. At times the Welsh winger has come across deflated. A footballer’s morale can heavily define his performance, and perhaps a move away from the Santiago Bernabeu might just be what Gareth Bale needs to lift his spirits, and equally, improve his performances on the pitch.
During the international break, Gareth was back in thick of it with his fellow Welshmen in a friendly against China. The winger wore a smile from cheek to cheek as he scored a hat-trick in the 6-0 victory over a China. Check out Bale’s three goals here:
— FA Wales (@FAWales) March 23, 2018
Obviously, the Chinese national team do not match the opponents of Real Madrid for strength or skill, but it was nice to see Bale engaging with his teammates in a way that didn’t feel forced. It must be remembered that after five years Gareth still hasn’t learned the Spanish language. He even seems isolated on the pitch in the way he plays football, his player-philosophy doesn’t seem to match that of the clubs anymore. Maybe, he struggles living in Ronaldo’s shadow; those are some pretty monstrous boots to fill.
Unbelievable reception here in China and to see so many Welsh Fans make the trip. Very proud to break Ian’s record tonight with the hat-trick ⚽⚽⚽ #29 #togetherstronger🏴 pic.twitter.com/siujPl2wvR
— Gareth Bale (@GarethBale11) March 22, 2018
Whatever the reason, Gareth Bale was dubbed a god among men in Tottenham. Bale scored 55 goals for Spurs and gave some pretty memorable performances in the Champions League, most notably, his first senior hat-trick against European champions Inter Milan. Psychologically, going from an outsider in Spain to reinstating himself a hero at Tottenham Hotspur, might give the player the impetus he needs to return to top form. Spanish website Don Balon have similarly reported that Gareth has his sights set on Spurs. He will come at a reported cost of £70m; would Levy bite? With Spurs moving into the New Stadium at the start of next year, Gareth Bale would surely add something special to an already impressive Spurs force.