Real players ‘relieved’ by Bale’s departure
Gareth Bale is closing in on a return to Tottenham Hotspur, bringing to an end a thoroughly miserable spell under Zinedine Zidane at Real Madrid.
Between the golf headlines, the injuries and the fallings out with Zidane, it’s overlooked somewhat that the Welsh winger has won two LaLiga titles and a whopping four Champions Leagues while with the Santiago Bernabeu club.
Even so, the circus around him not being involved in matches of late has undoubtedly had a negative effect on the dressing room, with Spanish outlet AS citing the programme El Chiringuito in saying that Bale did not go to see all his team-mates before leaving, nor to say goodbye to them.
As such, they claim the “dressing room is relieved” that the saga is now over and his departure is all but confirmed.
Mourinho sure Kane will hit top gear as Bale arrives
Harry Kane hasn’t yet found his groove, two games into 2020/21, while he also appeared short of rhythm with England in the Nations League matches recently.
Jose Mourinho isn’t particularly concerned by it and feels his striker will come good sooner rather than later – particularly as he’s about to get a new, elite level of service and support.
Bale’s impending arrival should give Kane not only a greater supply line, but also someone to take the scoring burden from him to an extent, and the two might find peak fitness around the same time as Kane is essentially playing out his own version of pre-season, says the Spurs boss.
“[Harry] didn’t have a pre-season at all, he went direct from lockdown to the national team, no training,” Mourinho said.
“He didn’t have a week of training so at this point his preparation has just been the minutes he’s been on the pitch.
“Of course he’s not prepared but it’s the way he’s finding his form, his sharpness, his movement, his intensity.”
Gerrard says Bale a “fantastic coup” for Spurs
Former Liverpool midfielder and current Rangers manager Steven Gerrard was asked for his opinion on Tottenham bringing back Gareth Bale – and he was unequivocal in his acknowledgement that it will be a top deal.
It’s perhaps notable, given his past, that Gerrard suggested a different Premier League transfer had caught his eye a little more, but he still pointed out that Spurs had done well to land the Real Madrid winger.
Could it really happen? Could Gareth Bale return to Tottenham?
It could happen Tottenham fans, football.london sources say the club are exploring a loan deal with Real Madrid.
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“I think it’s a fantastic coup for Tottenham,” Gerrard said. “I think you’re talking about a world class individual but to be honest I am more excited about Thiago.
“He’s the one that’s got me butterflies in my stomach. My focus down there is Liverpool not Tottenham.
“But it’s a fantastic coup. Gareth Bale is world class and you don’t want to see players like that sitting on the bench, frustrated and not playing.”