Gareth Bale has revealed he rejoined Tottenham because he wanted to return to a happier environment after a difficult spell with Real Madrid.
The Welshman spent last season on loan at Spurs, enduring a tough start before coming alive towards the end of the campaign with some memorable goals and performances.
However, he is now back in Madrid after a deal to extend his second spell with Tottenham was left seemingly unexplored by all parties.
Bale has been starting games under returning Real manager Carlo Ancelotti, who was in charge at the Bernabeu when Bale first left Spurs for the La Liga giants.
Talking to reporters during the international break, the 32-year-old spoke about why it was such an easy decision to go back to Tottenham last summer.
“I think it is always good to be in a good atmosphere,” he said (as relayed by AS). “That is the main reason why I went to Tottenham, as I knew it would be a good environment for me.
“It was a break that maybe I needed at the time, and I had a great time with the Spurs. It definitely helped me get back to a happier place.”
While it’s a shame Bale’s stay couldn’t be extended, the club is probably better off without having to pay his huge wages.
His absence should also allow Steven Bergwijn to fulfil his potential with more minutes on one of the flanks – the same goes for new signing Bryan Gil.