Bale’s first words upon Spurs return
Upon his return, the Welsh flyer, who made his name at Spurs having signed from Southampton as a young prospect, spoke about what it feels to be back at a “special” club.
“It’s nice to be back, it’s such a special club to me, where I made my name, what an amazing club, amazing fans, it’s incredible to be back, and hopefully I can get some match fitness, get back under way and really help the team and hopefully win trophies,” he told the club.
“I think it’s such a special club, I always thought when I did leave one day I would love to come back and the opportunity has arisen, it’s a good time for me, I’m hungry, motivated and can’t wait to get started.
“I think by going to Madrid, winning trophies, I feel like I have that winning mentality, how to win trophies, in those situations in finals, dealing with nerves, pressure, that all goes with experience, hopefully I can bring that to the dressing room and bring a bit more belief to everybody that we can win a trophy and the target is to do that, not just one, but on all fronts.
“Winning trophies is such an important thing for this club, it’s what we all want to do and to be doing it at Tottenham now would be a dream come true.”
Spurs fans react to Bale switch
Naturally, Bale’s return to Spurs has brought quite the reaction from the fans. Bale flew to London on Friday and was met by a flock of fans at the training ground. He underwent a medical and was officially unveiled on Saturday afternoon.
Supporters took to Twitter to express their excitement for Bale’s return. One hailed that Spurs can now “escape mediocrity”. Spurs have not won a trophy in more than a decade. In the meantime, Bale won two La Liga titles, four Champions League trophies, and a Copa del Rey.
Others expressed their excitement to see Bale return “home”, while there is tangible hope that Bale can inspire a previously limited attack under Jose Mourinho.
Bale, meanwhile, simply said on Twitter : “To all the Spurs fans, after 7 years, I’m back! #COYS”
Reguilon speaks about Spurs transfer
While Bale’s arrival at Spurs was the headline transfer of the weekend, Spurs also signed young Spanish left-back Sergio Reguilon from Real Madrid.
Reguilon, who impressed on loan at Sevilla, will take the number three shirt and is expected to slide into the starting XI along the left side throughout the season.
The 23-year-old also spoke to the media upon his arrival. He said to the club website: “I am very happy to be here, I want to work with my team-mates, see the city and only work for football.
“I really like the philosophy of the club and the manager, those were the things that made me want to come here; the desire to grow, the vision of the club, and I’m eager to grow as a player.
“Tottenham has world class players and a world class manager. I can’t wait to start working with him on my first day. I saw the training facilities, they’re incredible. Honestly, I didn’t expect it to be so big, beautiful and pristine and I can’t wait to start training there with all my team-mates.
“I’ve only played the Europa League once, and I was lucky enough to win it. It’s a great competition which we want to win. With the team we have we need to aim to be among the first places and to win trophies.”