No love lost for Tottenham-bound Gareth Bale from the Spanish press

‘Zidane gets his way… Bye Bale’: No love lost for Tottenham-bound Gareth Bale from the Spanish press as their papers appear happy to see the back of him at Real Madrid

  • Gareth Bale is on the brink of securing return to Tottenham on season-long loan
  • The story dominates the sports pages in Spain as Bale exits Real Madrid
  • Marca say that manager Zidane ‘has got his way’ in forcing Wales star out
  • Their relationship deteriorated last season with Bale playing bit-part role
  • ‘Bye Bale’ is the headline on the front of AS as £13m loan deal draws closer 

Gareth Bale’s impending return to Tottenham dominates the front pages in Spain with the theme being that Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has got his way in securing his exit.

The relationship between Bale and Zidane had broken down last season which led to the Bernabeu club urgently wanting the Wales star off their books.

And they have accomplished that with his season-long loan worth more than £13million representing an emotional return to his former club.

Gareth Bale’s impending return to Tottenham dominates the front pages in Spain on Thursday

‘Zidane: He gets his way’ was the headline on Marca as his £13m loan to Tottenham was agreed

‘Zidane: He has his way’ reads the front page headline in Marca which features a photograph of Zidane keeping a beady eye on Bale during a training session.

They add that the deal is close to completion with Real paying almost half of Bale’s £500,000-a-week wages during the course of the loan.

Marca also report that Bale’s Real team-mate, the left-back Sergio Reguilon, is also poised to sign for Spurs for £27m. Reguilon, who has also been linked with Manchester United, will sign a five-year deal.

AS also lead on the story with the simple headline ‘Bye Bale’ with a picture of the smiling player heading the ball in training.

They focus on comments by the former Real manager Jose Mourinho, now in charge at Tottenham, that this is the third time he has tried to sign Bale.

Bale will finally play under Jose Mourinho, who admitted he had tried to sign him three times

Bale’s relationship with Real manager Zinedine Zidane had deteriorated and led to his exit

‘I tried to sign him for Real Madrid which was not possible to do during my time there,’ Mourinho said on Wednesday.

‘But the president followed my instinct and my knowledge and the season I left he brought Gareth to the club.

‘There is no secret on that. Even Gareth knows that. But I’m not going to speak about him anymore because he is a Real Madrid player.’

Mourinho also tried to sign Bale when he was Manchester United manager but couldn’t prise him away from Real.

Bale rose to superstardom at Tottenham before leaving seven years ago to join Real Madrid

Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho is said to have played a key role in bringing Bale back to Spurs

Meanwhile, AS calculate that Bale has cost Madrid 23,800 euros (£21,638) for every minute he was on the field last season.

Bale played 1,260 minutes across 20 Real matches in all competitions – 27.5 per cent of the total the team played – scoring three goals and contributing two assists in another campaign plagued by injury.

He featured in just two matches following the post-lockdown restart as his relationship with Zidane deteriorated.

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