Gareth Bale arrived at the Real Madrid training ground this morning to say his goodbyes with Tottenham set to announce his stunning return on Friday.
Bale, 31, was filmed heading into Los Blancos’ Valdebebas base at around 10.15am local time.
He swung in driving his 4×4 grey Audi wearing a white T-shirt and sunglasses with his top knot tied up.
Sky Sports News’ Ben Ransom was outside the gates to the training ground when Bale turned up.
He said: “We were not expecting to see Gareth Bale this morning.
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“We saw him drive into the training ground with plenty of time to get in and get set up. We’re not sure how long he will be there.
“Yesterday he only came for 20 minutes before disappearing again.
“We are only a short drive away from Madrid Airport where a private jet is on standby should he get the green light to travel to London.”
Bale and Spurs have reached total agreement on a season-long loan deal, says The Athletic’s David Ornstein.
The winger will fly to London and finalise the deal on Friday, with the club hoping to announce Bale’s return – seven years after he left on what was then a world-record £85m move – the same day.
Full-back Sergio Reguilon is also expected to complete a switch to North London from the Bernabeu with both players completing most of their medicals in Spain.
It is believed Spurs will pay 40 per cent of Bale’s £650,000-a-week wages with Real Madrid covering the remaining 60 per cent.
But Spurs fans are unlikely to see Bale back in their shirt for a month.
The earliest he is likely to be free to make his second debut for the North London side would be October 17 – a clash with bitter rivals West Ham – as a result of COVID-19 quarantine rules and another international break.
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