Gareth Bale completes Tottenham medical and arrives in London

Bale was accompanied on private flight by Real Madrid team-mate Sergio Reguilon, who will join Spurs on a permanent five-year deal

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Gareth Bale was greeted by cheering Tottenham fans as he arrived at Spurs' training ground

Gareth Bale is expected to complete his move back to Tottenham this weekend after he spent Friday afternoon at the club's training ground.

Bale completed a medical in Madrid on Thursday as he closes on a deal that will see him return to the club he left in a world-record £86m transfer seven years ago.

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Sky Sports News reporter Michael Bridge provides a Saturday morning update on Gareth Bale's transfer to Tottenham

The Wales captain travelled to London Luton Airport accompanied on a private flight by Real Madrid team-mate Sergio Reguilon, who is set to join Spurs on a five-year deal for a fee that could rise to £32m after also completing a medical on Thursday.

Lawyers in Spain and England have been drawing up contracts that will make Bale a Spurs player again on a season-long loan deal. Tottenham have agreed to pay about £20m in wages and loan fees.

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Negotiations are understood to have progressed well from Wednesday night into Thursday morning.

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Image: Bale is expected to be joined on his flight to London by Real Madrid team mate Sergio Reguilon

Both Bale and Reguilon are likely to meet conditions that will enable them to avoid quarantining upon their arrival to London.

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Along with having arrived from an elite sporting environment where coronavirus protocols have been adhered to, the players will both need to have returned negative test results within five days prior to entering the United Kingdom.

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Bale arrived at Real's training ground on Thursday ahead of his proposed loan move to Tottenham

Bale is keen to play for a club where he believes he will be respected and appreciated again.

Although he played for Wales twice this month, he is not fully match fit and it is expected that it will take a month for him to get back to his best.

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Sky Sports News' Kaveh Solhekol says he has been told it will take a month before Bale is fully match-fit and back to his best

Real Madrid have agreed to let him leave on loan in order to get his £500,000-a-week wages off their books and Tottenham have made all the running to sign him this week.

As well as being frozen out by Zinedine Zidane, Bale has had a difficult relationship with the Spanish media and Real fans, and he is looking forward to making a fresh start back at Spurs.

Manchester United considered making a move for him as a back-up option to Jadon Sancho, but they did not make an offer, even though they have tried to sign him on numerous occasions since he was at Southampton 13 years ago.

Jose coy on Bale's return

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Jose Mourinho says he will not talk about Bale as he still views him as a Real Madrid player until he officially joins Tottenham

Jose Mourinho remained tight-lipped once again over Gareth Bale's imminent return to Tottenham after Thursday's Europa League qualifying second round victory Lokomotiv Plovdiv.

"I cannot comment, I don't comment on something that I don't know," the Portuguese said.

"For me, at this moment, until I'm told Gareth Bale is a Tottenham player, I still think and feel and respect the fact that he's a Real Madrid player, so I'm not going to comment on a Real Madrid player."

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Sky Sports News' Dharmesh Sheth looks at whether Tottenham could have stolen the limelight away from rivals Arsenal, as their interest in Bale was revealed hours after the Gunners announced Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had signed a new contract

Where would Bale fit in at Spurs?

Bale has enjoyed much of his success on the right wing and, despite those infamous White Hart Lane chants reminding Harry Redknapp that he 'plays on the left', it is there that the 31-year-old forward would expect to be deployed on his return to the Premier League.

In the autumn of his career, those bursts of pace down the outside are likely to become more infrequent but Bale will surely retain the ability to cut inside and find enough space to fire off shots from distance with his favoured left foot - something that he does better than almost anyone.

In the final season of his first spell with Spurs, Bale scored no fewer than nine Premier League goals from outside the box - which was as many as the two next best players that season combined. Indeed, nobody has come close to matching that tally since.

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Sky Sports News reporters Dharmesh Sheth and Kaveh Solhekol explain why Manchester United never began 'credible negotiations' to sign Bale from Real Madrid

For Mourinho at Tottenham, the sense of urgency is more acute. Lucas Moura remains a popular figure given his Champions League semi-final heroics in Amsterdam but there are now question marks over his output on the right flank and the acquisition of Bale would represent a significant upgrade.

The suggestions are that Spurs would still be interested in signing a striker as well as Bale but there is also the intriguing possibility of the Welshman being able to fill in for Harry Kane should the England captain face the kind of lay-off that hindered his activity last season.

Bale would be a more robust presence than the alternatives and if his mobility does deteriorate in the coming years it is tempting to think that he could make the sort of transition to that centre-forward role made seamlessly by former team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo.

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Former Tottenham winger David Ginola is surprised to see Gareth Bale about to make his return to the club from Real Madrid

Analysis: 'Calculated risk signing Bale'

Sky Sports News' Kaveh Solhekol on The Transfer Show:

"There are three reasons why this is happening: the first is because Bale wants to play for Spurs again. Secondly, Real Madrid want to sell him, they need to sell him to get his wages off their books and the third reason is that Spurs want him back, Daniel Levy wants him back.

"There has been a big mood change as far as Bale and Real Madrid are concerned. Last summer, he came very close to move to China that was blocked at the last minute but Real Madrid have made it very clear that they want him out this summer. Bale before ha stuck to his guns and said 'I've got two years left on my contract, I'm not going anywhere' but in the last couple of weeks, his position has changed, he wants to play football again and he will get that at Spurs.

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Former Tottenham team-mate Michael Dawson discusses what Bale will bring to Jose Mourinho's side as a return to Spurs looks imminent

"Spurs' motto is 'To Dare is To Do', which means you have to believe in yourself and take a risk. Spurs are taking a risk signing Bale but it is a calculated risk, it makes sense to them because they are going to get him on loan, they will be paying a portion of his wages and over the whole season, it looks like he will cost them about £20m and in the current economic climate, it is a deal that makes sense for all parties."

Analysis: 'Now is the time for Bale to leave Madrid'

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Bale joining Tottenham from Real Madrid would suit all parties, according to the Spanish club's former president Ramon Calderon

Former Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon on Sky Sports News:

"He came here being the MVP from Tottenham, but now the point is to see if he can recover his time as a good player as it's clear that Zinedine Zidane doesn't count on him. It's the time to end this situation and for me it's the best moment to do that.

"I suppose it will be [a permanent deal]. He has two years left on his contract so if he leaves this season, I feel he would stay at the new club for the rest of his career. He has three or four more years at a good level, so if he goes to Tottenham maybe he will finish his career there.

"I don't know if Dele Alli will be part of the deal, but I don't think Tottenham would want to let him go as he's a very good player. Any big team would want to have him in their side."

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