Spanish newspapers react when Gareth Bale is received enthusiastically at the Tottenham training ground
‘From villain to hero’: Spanish newspapers react as Gareth Bale is enthusiastically received at Tottenham training ground to rejoin former club on loan from Real Madrid
- Gareth Bale agreed to a full season lease earlier this week to rejoin Tottenham
- Real Madrid will subsidize at least half of Bale’s £ 500,000 per week wages
- The Welshman was welcomed to Spurs training ground on Friday
- Response from Spanish newspapers suggested they were happy to see Bale leave
Gareth Bale is about to rejoin Tottenham and the Spanish press couldn’t be happier with the departure of the Real Madrid ‘villain’.
The 31-year-old Wales international came down on a full season loan earlier this week, with Madrid subsidizing at least half of his £ 500,000 a week wage.
And he received a heroes’ welcome from jubilant supporters when he arrived at the club’s training ground on Friday, seven years after leaving to join Real Madrid in what was then a world record of £ 86 million.
AS ‘headline read’ From Villain to Hero ‘as Gareth approaches Bale on the way to Tottenham
The Real Madrid attacker was welcomed to the Spurs training field on Friday
The front page of the Spanish publication AS featured such a jubilant image with a fan taking a photo with the Welshman in his car, and with relief in Madrid that he has moved to the next season, at least it featured the next sentence: ‘from villain to hero’.
AS also refers to the ‘superstar’ welcome Bale received on his arrival in London, claiming 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 as he is still suffering from a knee injury he sustained earlier this month while on international service with Wales.
Marca herself went with the headline: ‘All yours’, with a photo of Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho smiling with Bale.
Marca went with the headline: ‘All yours’ with a smiling Jose Mourinho with Bale
Above the main headline, the publication adds: “Bale arrives at Mourinho’s Tottenham … and injured for a month!”
Bale, who has been routinely criticized for his dubious track record in Madrid, traveled to London on Friday to receive his medical treatment and Tottenham hopes his knee problem will not keep him sidelined for too long.
His Madrid teammate Sergio Reguilon is also ready to complete his move to Spurs. The club has agreed a £ 27.5 million deal with a further £ 4.5 million as a result of expansions.
He has signed a five-year deal, with Spurs agreeing to Madrid’s demand for a £ 36.5 million buy-back clause – a demand Manchester United refused in their pursuit of the player – which could be triggered in the next two years.
Bale has been criticized for his fitness record in Madrid and has arrived at Tottenham with a knock
As revealed by Sportsmail, the deal for Bale costs Spurs £ 13 million in wages and includes no option or obligation to buy him. However, they have an option to extend the loan for a second year.
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is keen to keep an option to bring Bale back to the Bernabeu next summer, despite the player’s retirement with manager Zinedine Zidane.
Perez is wary of Bale rediscovering his best form in England, so he has left the door open for him to return next season.
However, Spurs’ deals for Bale and Reguilon were not finalized in time for the pair to be involved in Sunday’s journey to Southampton.
Real Madrid left back Sergio Reguilon will also join Spurs in a permanent transfer