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Gareth Bale: Spurs special for me; it's nice to be back

Gareth Bale is delighted to have sealed his return to Tottenham.

Seven years after leaving Spurs in a world-record £85million deal for Real Madrid, Bale returned to north London on a season-long loan, thought to include the option of a second year which would take to him to end of his Real contract.

"It's nice to be back," Bale said. "It's such a special club to me. It's where I made my name and what an amazing club, amazing fans. Just incredible to be back and hopefully now I can get some match fitness, get underway, really help the team and hopefully win some trophies.

"I always thought that when I did leave that one day I would love to come back and the opportunity now has arisen. I feel like it's a good fit. It's a good time for me. I'm hungry, I'm motivated, I want to do well for the team and I can't wait to get started.

"By going to Madrid and winning trophies and going far with the [Welsh] national team, I feel like I have that winning mentality [of] how to win trophies.

"You don't realise until you're there, in those situations, in finals, how to deal with the situation, the nerves, the pressure. That all goes with experience.

"Hopefully I can bring that to the dressing room, bring bit more belief to everybody that we can win a trophy. The target is to do that this season.

"Not just to win one but to be fighting on every front possible. I want to bring that mentality back to Tottenham.

"I was speaking with the chairman [Daniel Levy] before," Bale added in an interview with Spurs' website.

"Obviously we were speaking about the past and what we did to get the club to the next level.

"Since I've left the club has been building and growing and the stadium is incredible, the training ground has got even better since I was here last. So it's an exciting time for everybody here.

"The club continues to progress every year which is great and I want to contribute to that again and try to get us to the next level which is winning a trophy. I know i keep saying it but it's such an important thing for this club to win trophies and that's what we all want to do as players – win trophies in our careers.

"And to be doing it at Tottenham now would be a dream come true."

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