Real Madrid appear to have already reassigned Gareth Bale’s number 11 shirt before the Welshman has completed his move to Tottenham.
And the Spanish giants appear to have wasted no time in cutting ties with their four-time Champions League winner after Marco Asensio was listed as Madrid’s number 11 on the official La Liga website.
Real Madrid appear to have already assigned Gareth Bale’s number 11 shirt before he has left
Bale is still listed in their squad of players on the site but with the number 25 shirt.
The 31-year-old’s move back to Spurs has not yet been announced but arrived at the club’s Enfield training ground earlier today to finalise the deal.
It remains to be seen whether Bale will be given back his iconic number 11 at Spurs, with Erik Lamela currently holding it after being assigned it when the star left for Real in 2013.
Bale will earn more than £13million in wages as part of the one-year deal negotiated by Tottenham chairman Levy. After flying into Luton airport shortly after midday on Friday, he was driven to the club’s training base and was greeted by excitable supporters giving him a hero’s welcome.
Even with the deal close to completion, Bale’s manager-to-be Jose Mourinho refused to be drawn into public comment on the Bale move after Thursday night’s 2-1 Europa League victory against Lokomotiv Plovdiv in Bulgaria.
The Welshman is expected to complete a return to Tottenham on loan in the coming days
Bale gave a thumbs up to supporters as he was driven into Tottenham’s training ground
‘I can’t comment,’ he said. ‘I don’t comment on something that I don’t know. For me, at this moment, until Gareth Bale is a Tottenham player I still think and respect the fact that he is a Real Madrid player.
‘I am not going to comment on a Real Madrid player.’
Bale became a fan favourite at Spurs where he scored 56 goals and provided 58 assists in 203 appearances.
In 2012-13 he was crowned Tottenham’s Player of the Year and also claimed the PFA Players’ Player of the Year, PFA Young Player of the Year, Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year and Premier League Player of the Season award.
The Welshman has won four Champions League titles since making the move to Spain for a then-world record fee in 2013 but has found life tough under Zinedine Zidane.
The French boss has struggled to take to Bale and has largely kept him out of the side since returning for his second spell in charge.
Bale saw a move to the Chinese Super League collapse last summer but having played such a peripheral role in their title win last season, both the club and the player have concluded it is best for him to move, at least temporarily, elsewhere to return to his best.
Bale is a four-time Champions League winner with Real but relationship with club broke down