Many Tottenham Hotspur fans went wild on Tuesday morning as the club wished former star Gareth Bale a happy 30th birthday on Twitter.
There has been fresh speculation about the Welsh winger returning to north London, with Marca claiming Spurs have informed Real Madrid they would be willing to offer between €50 million – €60 million/£45 million – £55 million for the star.
The claims have been denied by the player’s agent Jonathan Barnett, who bluntly branded them ‘rubbish’ (via The Sun).
Bale is fondly remembered by Spurs fans having transformed into a world-class player during his six-year stint in north London.
He left the club to join Real Madrid in 2013 in a world-record £85 million deal (BBC Sport), which has since been eclipsed by a number of deals.
Despite winning four Champions League trophies with the club, his time at the Bernabeu has been very up-and-down, and his relationship with the fans and current manager Zinedine Zidane is far from perfect.
Tottenham fans react
Many Tottenham fans got a laugh out of the club reaching out to Bale on the very day that fresh reports emerged in the media about a possible return to the club:
as a lifelong Spurs fan i want to see him back, Do it lads.
— Nikhil (@iNikhil) 16 July 2019
BRING HIM HOME
— ??Jay?? (@JaySabaa) 16 July 2019
Happy birthday bale spurs legend what you did for the club was amazing always welcome back at spurs
— HARRY?? (@Harry_thfc10) 16 July 2019
OMG ADMIN DONT ??
Love the timing lads
— Luke (@hicksatron) 16 July 2019
— graham (@grahamroon) 16 July 2019
— Craig (@mrcraigo10) 16 July 2019
Would take him back in a heartbeat
— Cam (@valanka58) 16 July 2019
As a spurs season ticket holder, I’d trade everything to see this man back at our lovely club. He gets too much disrespect in Spain. Would love seeing him running down the wings at the New White Hart lane????
— E (@RMCFHazard10) 16 July 2019
We know what you’re doing and we LOVE IT
— Jordan Pomeroy (@jordanpomeroy00) 16 July 2019
You know exactly what you’ve done
— Josh Horsley (@Joshuathfc) 16 July 2019
Say it to him in person at his medical
— „ (@WoahWoahSissoko) 16 July 2019
Don’t tease us
— Nick Harrison (@nickharrison_) 16 July 2019
— JF (@_joe_fox_) 16 July 2019