Gareth Bale exclusive: On his Tottenham return and Real Madrid exit

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Gareth Bale moves to Tottenham

“It was time for a change,” Bale says of his Real Madrid departure; Watch Tottenham vs Newcastle on Super Sunday from 1pm on Sky Sports Premier League; Kick-off 2pm

Reflecting on his exit from Real, with whom he won four Champions League titles, Bale added: “It was time for a change. I wanted to change for a little while but it hadn’t materialised. This club means so much to me, it gave me my opportunities, and I felt it was a good time to come back. I feel the club is still going in a great direction and I wanted to be part of that.

“I just want to enjoy my football. In Madrid it was a bit flat for a while, which l think everyone could see. When you are not happy, it’s difficult to play at your highest level.”

But where will Bale fit in? Part of the fascination of Bale’s return is discovering where Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho intends to position him. The Welshman’s return, along with the signing of Sergio Reguilon, has led to theories that Mourinho plans to redeploy Tottenham in a new 3-4-3 formation.

For his part, Bale says he is happy to play “anywhere across the front. I’m comfortable on the right where l have played most of my career, behind the striker where l have played a lot, and I’ve played on the left a lot.”

 

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