Gareth Bale returns to Tottenham and Liverpool land Diogo Jota

Gareth Bale returns to Tottenham and Liverpool land Diogo Jota

Gareth Bale has completed his return to Tottenham from Real Madrid on a season-long loan. Spurs are believed to have paid around £20m, covering a loan fee and wage contribution, to secure his signature.

The 31-year-old arrived back in England on Friday to complete the formalities of the deal with a club he left in 2013 to join the Spanish side for a then-world record fee of £85.1m. The forward won the Champions League four times during his time with Madrid, scoring in two finals.

Bale has only made two appearances since June, both coming for Wales in the Nations League, meaning he is lacking match fitness. It is hoped he will be able to make his first Spurs appearance before the end of the month.

The news of Bale’s move came shortly after Tottenham announced they had completed the signing of the Real Madrid left-back Sergio Reguilón. The 23-year-old has signed a contract until 2025 and moves for an undisclosed fee but with a £27.5m buy-back clause.

Having come through the youth system at Real, Reguilón went on to make 22 appearances for the first team and won his first cap for Spain earlier this month.

On a busy day for transfers, Liverpool completed the signing of Diogo Jota from Wolves. The Premier League champions have announced the 23-year-old Portugal strikee has signed a long-term contract at Anfield, believed to be a five-year deal.

Jota, who is the club’s third major signing of the summer transfer window, arrives at the club a day after the signing of Thiago Alcântara from Bayern Munich. Jota told Liverpool’s website: “It’s just a really exciting moment for me and my family. All of my path since I was a kid and now, to join a club like Liverpool – the world champions – is just unbelievable. I just want to get started.”

Jota claimed the move was one he could not turn down. He said: “When you look at the Premier League, you always see Liverpool as one of the biggest teams in the country, so it’s impossible to say no. “So we just want to come [to the club], to give our best and hopefully I can become a good option for Liverpool in the future.”

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