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Agent: ‘Reason to believe’ Gareth Bale to Tottenham move is close

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Wales Gareth Bale breaks free from the pack as a ball is delivered towards him during the UEFA Nations League Group 4 match at Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff. (Photo by David Davies/PA Images via Getty Images)

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Gareth Bale may be his way to Tottenham Hotspur and may finally be leaving Real Madrid, according to Sky Sports.

The Welsh star, 31, would head back to North London on loan and he’s excited at the prospect of a return but there is a great amount of details to sort on the business end of things.

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Real would love to sell Bale but have so far found no takers and the player is not willing to take a pay cut from his enormous contract.

Bale has not left Spain yet, but his agent says there is reason to be hopeful of a move.

“There’s a long way to go on some issues, but without doubt Gareth is closer to leaving Madrid than at any time in last seven years,” Bale’s agent, Jonathan Barnett, told Sky Sports News. “The deal is complicated, but there’s reason to believe a deal is close and things could move very quickly if discussions continue to go well.”

Speaking of Bale, Barnett said Tuesday that Tottenham is “where he wants to be.”

Spurs boss Jose Mourinho said earlier Wednesday that he would not speak of Bale before going on to speak of Bale, saying he wanted to bring him to Madrid while he was manager of La Liga’s powers.

At Wales, Bale is still the star and his national team has not lost in seven matches. Amongst that run are five wins and draws to Croatia and Slovakia. With respect to the Welsh team, working in a front three with Harry Kane and Heung-miin Son should deliver even better results than Kieffer Moore and Daniel James (though that Aaron Ramsey cat can play).

Bale has 105 goals and 68 assists in 251 appearances for Real, but scored just three and two in around 1250 minutes last season. Can he recapture the prowess that made him one of the most prolific scorers in the world? He’d have to hit the pitch to find out, and it seems likelier by the hour that his best chance of doing that is North London with Spurs.