Gareth Bale has admitted in his first interview to the media since completing his return to Spurs that he is delighted to be back at a club where he is loved by the fans.
The Welshman was part of one of the most successful Real Madrid teams of all time, helping the Spanish giants to 13 trophies during his time at the club, including four Champions League titles.
However, there is a feeling that the 31-year-old overstayed his welcome at the La Liga champions as demonstrated by the apathy shown by the La Liga champions to the wide man’s departure.
The 31-year-old does not have the best of relationship with the Real Madrid fans, having been jeered at the Santiago Bernabeau on several occasions.
In stark contrast, Bale received a hero’s welcome at Spurs as fans gathered outside Hotspur Way to sing his name as he made his way to the training ground on Friday to finalise the transfer.
Bale has admitted that it feels good to feel loved by the fans again and hoped that can help him get back to his best on the pitch.
The winger said in an interview with BT Sport on Sunday: “It feels great to be back. Obviously, I have had a warm welcome in an environment where I am loved. I’m excited for the future.
“You are able to play your best football when you feel that love from the fans, so coming back knowing I would get a good reception.
“I love the club, I loved my time here so yeah I can feel that emotion and we can try and kick on and win a trophy or two. I want to enjoy my football and give the fans something to smile about.”
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Bale has always struck me as the kind of player who does well if he feels loved by the fans and has the manager’s support. It is no coincidence that he played his best football under Harry Redknapp, Andre Villas-Boas and Carlo Ancelotti, all of whom he had very good relationships with. Hopefully, Mourinho can develop a good understanding with him and the winger gets back to his best.
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