Gareth Bale has completed a sensational return to Tottenham from Real Madrid on a season-long loan deal.

The Wales star departed north London for the Spanish capital seven years ago for what was then a world-record fee and has gone on to win the Champions League four times and LaLiga twice with Madrid.

However, the forward found himself increasingly on the periphery of the first team under Zinedine Zidane and has sealed a move back to Spurs.

Tottenham fans are set to have to wait until October to see him in action once again, though.

"Gareth sustained a knee injury whilst playing for Wales on international duty earlier this month and this together with LaLiga's later start compared to the Premier League means he has had a limited pre-season," Spurs said in a statement.

"We currently anticipate that he will be match fit after October's international break."

Madrid said in a statement: "Our club wishes good luck to a player who is part of one of the most successful stages of our history."

Los Blancos forked out a whopping €100milion (£85m) to sign Bale in 2013 after several outstanding seasons at White Hart Lane.

During his seven years at Madrid, Bale scored 105 goals and contributed 57 assists in 251 appearances.

But the return of Zidane as head coach in March 2019 immediately led to speculation over Bale's future and he was on the cusp of moving to Jiangsu Suning in the Chinese Super League in July of last year.

That lucrative switch eventually fell through and Bale featured only 20 times last term, during which he became mired in controversy after celebrating with a flag that read "Wales, Golf, Madrid. In that order" while on international duty in November.

Manchester United were said to have been pondering a deal for Bale after being frustrated in their pursuit of Borussia Dortmund superstar Jadon Sancho.

Yet a move back to north London quickly emerged as Bale's preferred option and he will now link up with Jose Mourinho's side, who started their Premier League campaign with a 1-0 loss at home to Everton on Sunday.

Bale scored 55 goals in 203 matches for Spurs during his first stint and became a particularly influential member of the team in the 2010-11 season, having made a sedate start to his career at the club.

The 31-year-old was twice named as the PFA Player of the Year during his first spell at Spurs, the second time occurring in a 2012-13 campaign that saw him score 26 goals in 44 matches in all competitions and helped earn his big-money to Madrid.

Tottenham have confirmed the signing of Sergio Reguilon from Real Madrid.

The left-back arrives as part of a double swoop by Jose Mourinho's side on the Spanish giants, with Gareth Bale also sealing a sensational return to the club on Saturday.

Reguilon starred on loan with Sevilla last season, helping them to Europa League success and a fourth-place finish in LaLiga.

His form earned Reguilon a first senior cap for Spain earlier this month amid reported interest from Manchester United, Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain.

However, Tottenham have sealed the 23-year-old's signature in a transfer that could reportedly be worth £32million (€35.6m), while Madrid are thought to have inserted a buy-back clause into the deal.

"Tottenham has world-class players and a world-class manager," Reguilon told the club's website. "I can't wait to start working with him (Mourinho) on my first day."

A product of Madrid's academy system, Reguilon departs the Santiago Bernabeu having made 22 appearances for the first team, all during the 2018-19 campaign. 

Sevilla were believed to be in the running to sign the defender but accepted defeat in their pursuit earlier this week, instead bringing in Marcos Acuna from Sporting CP.

Gareth Bale has completed a sensational return to Tottenham from Real Madrid on a season-long loan deal.

Tottenham have confirmed the signing of Sergio Reguilon from Real Madrid.

The left-back's arrival completes the first part of an expected double swoop by Jose Mourinho's side on the Spanish giants, with Gareth Bale set to seal a sensational return to the club.

Reguilon starred on loan with Sevilla last season, helping the club to Europa League success and a fourth-place finish in LaLiga.

His form earned Reguilon a first senior cap for Spain earlier this month amid reported interest from Manchester United, Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain.

However, Tottenham have won the race for the 23-year-old's signature in a transfer that could reportedly be worth £32million (€35.6m), while Madrid are thought to have inserted a buy-back clause into the deal.

Sevilla were also in the running to sign Reguilon but accepted defeat in their pursuit earlier this week, instead bringing in Marcos Acuna from Sporting CP.

Liverpool have strengthened further with the signing of Wolves forward Diogo Jota for a reported £45million.

Jota, 23, has signed a long-term deal with the Premier League champions, who confirmed the arrival of Thiago Alcantara from Bayern Munich on Friday.

The Portugal international adds further depth to Jurgen Klopp's attack, although he is set be a back-up for Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino.

Jota arrives at Anfield after three seasons at Wolves, the club he joined, initially on loan, from Atletico Madrid in 2017.

"It's just a really exciting moment for me and my family," Jota told Liverpool's official website.

"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.

"It is one of the best teams in the world - the best at the moment because they are world champions. 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."

Jota – signed permanently by Wolves in 2018 – scored 16 goals in 48 games in all competitions in 2019-20, including seven in 34 in the Premier League.

He joins Thiago and Kostas Tsimikas as new arrivals at Liverpool for the 2020-21 season.

Meanwhile, Ki-Jana Hoever has moved in the opposite direction, the 18-year-old defender joining Wolves for a reported £10m fee.

Liverpool have strengthened further with the signing of Wolves forward Diogo Jota for a reported £45million.

Jota, 23, has signed a long-term deal with the Premier League champions, who confirmed the arrival of Thiago Alcantara from Bayern Munich on Friday.

The Portugal international adds further depth to Jurgen Klopp's attack, although he is set be a back-up for Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino.

Jota arrives at Anfield after three seasons at Wolves, the club he joined, initially on loan, from Atletico Madrid in 2017.

"It's just a really exciting moment for me and my family," Jota told Liverpool's official website.

"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.

"It is one of the best teams in the world - the best at the moment because they are world champions. 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."

Jota – signed permanently by Wolves in 2018 – scored 16 goals in 48 games in all competitions in 2019-20, including seven in 34 in the Premier League.

He joins Thiago and Kostas Tsimikas as new arrivals at Liverpool for the 2020-21 season.

Meanwhile, Ki-Jana Hoever has moved in the opposite direction, the 18-year-old defender joining Wolves for a reported £10m fee.

Liverpool have completed the signing of Thiago Alcantara from Bayern Munich in a deal worth up to £25million (€27.5m).

Thiago was rumoured to be a target of Jurgen Klopp's before the transfer window opened, with the Reds boss aiming to add more creativity to his midfield unit.

The Premier League champions have now got their man, with the 29-year-old – whose deal at Bayern was due to expire in June 2021 – signing a four-year contract at Anfield.

Stats Perform News understands Liverpool will pay an initial £20m (€22m), with an additional £5m (€5.5m) in bonuses.

Liverpool's pursuit of Thiago developed into something of a saga, with the midfielder acknowledging his signing has felt "a long time" in the making, but he is now relishing further success on Merseyside, where he has been impressed by a feeling of unity.

"I think it's an amazing feeling. I was waiting for this moment for a long time and I am very, very happy to be here," he told the club's website.

"When the years are passing, you are trying to win as much as you can – and when you win, you want to win more. I think this club describes what I am as well; I want to achieve all of the goals, win as many trophies as possible.

"It also [has] this kind of family [feeling] that I need because we [like to] have a very close relationship with the club and I think I will feel this, I will have this feeling, with this club as well.

"[The supporters] are not more excited than I am, for sure not! It is not about saying words, it is about doing the things. I will give my heart on the field to my teammates, the club and also to the fans."

Spain international Thiago has thrived since joining Bayern in 2013, having been brought to the Bundesliga giants by his former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola.

After coming through at Barca as an attacking midfielder, Thiago has dropped into a deeper role in recent seasons and was integral to Bayern's treble success in 2019-20.

In total, Thiago made 235 appearances in all competitions across his seven seasons with Bayern, scoring 31 goals and providing 35 assists.

Thiago, who will wear the number six shirt for Liverpool, helped Bayern to seven successive Bundesliga titles, four DFB-Pokal wins and one Champions League triumph.

He becomes Liverpool's second signing of the transfer window following the arrival of left-back Kostas Tsimikas.

Liverpool have completed the signing of Thiago Alcantara from Bayern Munich in a deal reportedly worth up to £25million (€27.5m).

Thiago was rumoured to be a target of Jurgen Klopp's before the transfer window opened, with the Reds boss aiming to add more creativity to his midfield unit.

The Premier League champions have now got their man, with the 29-year-old – whose deal at Bayern was due to expire in June 2021 – signing a "long-term contract" at Anfield.

It is understood Liverpool will pay an initial £20m (€22m), with an additional £5m (€5.5m) in bonuses.

Aston Villa have completed the signing of goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez from Arsenal in a reported £20million deal.

Martinez was left out of Arsenal's squad for the 3-0 win over Fulham on Saturday as the move approached and he has now put pen to paper on a four-year contract at Villa Park.

The 28-year-old is Villa's third major signing of the transfer window, following the arrivals of Matty Cash and Ollie Watkins from Nottingham Forest and Brentford respectively.

Villa boss Dean Smith said: "We are really pleased with the signing of our new goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez.

"We know how highly Arsenal rated him and we watched his outstanding performances last season in a trophy-winning top side.

"We moved for Emi when we saw the opportunity, as it is rare to be able to buy a top-class goalkeeper who hasn't yet reached their peak age and who can therefore be a key player for our club for the long term."

Martinez joined Arsenal in 2010, though has often been second or third choice at Emirates Stadium.

However, the Argentinian impressed when called upon last season following an injury to Bernd Leno and made nine Premier League appearances following the restart of the season in June.

He also put in strong performances to help Mikel Arteta's side clinch the FA Cup in August, and continued his form into the Community Shield, which Arsenal won on penalties against Liverpool.

But with Arteta unable to guarantee Martinez first-team football, he decided to bring his stay in north London to an end.

Aston Villa have completed the signing of goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez from Arsenal in a reported £20million deal.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has ended speculation over his future by signing a new three-year contract with Arsenal.

The Gunners captain's previous deal was due to expire next June, but he has agreed to re-sign with the Premier League club.

Prolific striker Aubameyang has scored 72 goals in 111 appearances since joining Arsenal from Borussia Dortmund for a fee of £56million in January 2018.

"Signing for this special club was never in doubt," Aubameyang told Arsenal's official website.

"It's thanks to our fans, my team-mates, my family and everybody at this club that I feel like I belong here.

"I believe in Arsenal. We can achieve big things together. We have something exciting here and I believe the best is to come for Arsenal."

In his first full season with Arsenal in 2018-19, Aubameyang scored 22 goals to be a joint winner of the Premier League Golden Boot.

Last term, the 31-year-old enjoyed another superb campaign, with 29 goals in 44 appearances across all competitions.

He scored both of the Gunners' goals in each of their respective FA Cup semi-final and final victories over Manchester City and Chelsea and continued his superb Wembley form with a fabulous strike in last month's Community Shield encounter with Liverpool, which Mikel Arteta's side won on penalties.

As speculation mounted over Aubameyang's future, Arteta expressed confidence he would sign renewed terms and the manager is delighted to have got his man.

"It was important for Pierre-Emerick to stay with us," he said. "He’s a superb player with an incredible mentality.

"Being the player to have taken the least amount of time to reach 50 goals with this club tells you everything you need to know about him and his way of working. 

"He's an important leader for the team and a big part of what we're building. He wants to be up there with the best players in the world and leave his mark. He can achieve that here."

Arsenal began their Premier League campaign with a 3-0 win over Fulham at Craven Cottage, where Aubameyang completed the scoring, and they are back in action at home to West Ham on Saturday.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has ended speculation over his future by signing a new three-year contract with Arsenal.

The Gunners captain's previous deal was due to expire next June, but he has agreed to re-sign with the Premier League club.

Prolific striker Aubameyang has scored 72 goals in 111 appearances since joining Arsenal from Borussia Dortmund for a fee of £56million in January 2018.

 

Jack Grealish has signed a new five-year contract with Aston Villa, in a move that appears to put to bed rumours the club captain could leave for Manchester United.

Villa announced the deal on their official website, with Grealish now committed to his boyhood club until 2025.

The 25-year-old midfielder, who made his England debut against Denmark this month, first caught the eye in the 2014-15 and 2015-16 Premier League seasons, when still a youngster.

He stayed with the team after their relegation to the Championship, despite interest from top-flight teams, and finally helped Villa out of the second tier after three years of trying.

Last season he scored eight goals and had six assists in the Premier League, playing a crucial role as Villa avoided relegation in a dramatic finale to the campaign.

Grealish said of his new deal: "I am delighted to make this commitment to Villa. It is my club, my home and I am very happy here.

"The owners have made it very clear to me how ambitious they are and how they want to build Aston Villa.  There are exciting times ahead and I am very glad to be part of it."

Villa have strengthened ahead of the new campaign by bringing in forward Ollie Watkins from Brentford and right-back Matty Cash from Nottingham Forest.

Grealish has been linked with a host of teams since emerging as a gifted playmaker and talk of a move to Old Trafford had persisted.

However, United have strengthened in midfield already in the transfer window with the signing of Donny van de Beek from Ajax, which appeared to diminish the prospect of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer coming in for Grealish in the short term.

Retaining Grealish provides Villa head coach Dean Smith with reassurance, being safe in the knowledge his star man has no intention of moving on.

Villa chief executive Christian Purslow welcomed Grealish's decision, saying: "We are determined to build a top team around him and are delighted that he is extending his contract and committing himself to the club he loves."

Jack Grealish has signed a new five-year contract with Aston Villa, in a move that appears to put to bed rumours the club captain could leave for Manchester United.

Sebastian Vettel will remain in Formula One after agreeing to join Aston Martin for the 2021 season, it has been confirmed.

Racing Point will morph into the Aston Martin works team next year and they have confirmed four-time world champion Vettel will be at the wheel "for 2021 and beyond".

The German had been looking for another team after it was announced his Ferrari contract would not be extended beyond 2021. He will be replaced at the Scuderia by Carlos Sainz.

Vettel will take over from Sergio Perez, who confirmed on Wednesday he would be leaving the team at the end of the season, and partner Lance Stroll.

"I am pleased to finally share this exciting news about my future. I'm extremely proud to say that I will become an Aston Martin driver in 2021," said Vettel in a statement.

‍"It's a new adventure for me with a truly legendary car company. I have been impressed with the results the team has achieved this year and I believe the future looks even brighter.

"The energy and commitment of Lawrence [Stroll, team owner] to the sport is inspiring and I believe we can build something very special together.

"I still have so much love for Formula One and my only motivation is to race at the front of the grid. To do so with Aston Martin will be a huge privilege."

Vettel has won 53 F1 races and been on the podium a further 67 times, but he has only won one race since the start of last season and scored points in four of the eight races in 2020.

Team principal Otmar Szafnauer said: "Everybody at Silverstone is hugely excited by this news. Sebastian is a proven champion and brings a winning mentality that matches our own ambitions for the future as Aston Martin F1 Team.‍

"On a Saturday or Sunday afternoon, Sebastian is one of the best in the world, and I can't think of a better driver to help take us into this new era. He will play a significant role in taking this team to the next level."

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