GARETH BALE’S Tottenham return could be completed by the weekend after he reportedly passed a medical.
SunSport exclusively revealed Tottenham’s frantic efforts to put a package together for the Wales superstar, who exited for the Bernabeu in 2013 for a then-world record £86m.
Real are keen to get Bale off the wage bill — but are willing to continue to pay up to 50 per cent of his astonishing £650,000-a-week salary.
Bale, whose Bernabeu contract runs out in the summer of 2022, won four Champions League titles with the Spanish champions but has played just 100 minutes since football resumed in June.
But Bale’s agent Jonathan Barnett confirmed Bale’s preference for his old club.
Barnett said: “Gareth still loves Spurs. We are talking. It’s where he wants to be.”
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And he also told Sky Sports: “There’s a long way to go on some issues, but without doubt Gareth is closer to leaving Madrid than at any time in the last seven years.
“The deal is complicated, but there’s reason to believe a deal is close and things could move very quickly if discussions continue to go well.”
Even if they are sorted by the weekend and Bale returns to the UK, he would then have to go into quarantine for 14 days under government rules to control Covid-19.
That would leave him unable to link up with Jose Mourinho’s squad until October 2, with Spurs facing a trip to Manchester United the following day.
Mourinho hinted Bale could be the missing piece of the puzzle at Tottenham – as he went all cryptic at the prospect of the Welshman’s return.
He said: “A squad is a puzzle and when a new signing completes the puzzle it’s a great feeling for the team.”
Asked specifically about Bale, he said: “Gareth Bale is a Real Madrid player and I don’t comment on players from other clubs.”
The Spurs boss did reveal he tried to sign Bale when he was in charge of Real Madrid, adding: “It was not possible to do it in my time there and the season after I left they brought Bale to the club.”