Tottenham confirmed one of the biggest transfers of the season last week.
Gareth Bale is back in north London and there is genuine excitement around his return.
Bale was swarmed on by fans when he arrived at Tottenham’s training ground for the first time since confirming a deal which will see Spurs pay around £230,000 per week ($A408,000) for the Welsh star.
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He’s a proven winner too, having taken out four Champions League titles and scored over 100 goals in his time at Real Madrid.
Bale isn’t the same person or player that left north London in 2013 for then a world-record fee.
His individual star power is undeniable given his profile but there is more to prove for the 31-year old.
That is at least the opinion of former Spurs keeper Paul Robinson, who played alongside Bale at White Hart Lane during the 2007-08 season.
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“Bale has a lot to prove,” Robinson told Football Insider.
“It is very quick to claim that it is an emotional signing and suggest that he is too old and I think Gareth Bale still has the hunger to play football. 31 is no age the way players look after themselves now.
“It is a fantastic signing and a huge show of support from Daniel Levy to his manager, bringing in a world-class player of that level.”
Tottenham has made plenty of high-quality signings to establish themselves as a genuine heavyweight in the league.
Son Heung-Min proved an ace purchase given his lethal goal-scoring ability up front while Dele Alli, whose future at Spurs is reportedly in question, was a bargain buy who is only getting better.
They may be about to receive some company in the form of Bale when it comes to conversations about the best signings of the past decade according to Robinson.
“It is a real statement from Tottenham and I think this is one of the signings of the decade for Spurs.
“The money that the chairman has outplayed, in what it is a tough financial climate, is a real statement of intent.”
If Bale’s mood is anything to by, being back at White Hart Lane is set to bring the best out of him.
“It feels great to be back in an environment where I’m loved,” Bale told BT Sport.
“I’ve said in previous interviews that when I go back to Wales I feel that love and happiness and that’s when I’m able to play my best football.
“Coming back here I knew I was going to get a great reception. I love the club and I loved my time here.
“Hopefully now we can kick on and win a trophy – if not two. I just want to enjoy my football and give the fans something to smile about.
“I spoke to my wife and we felt like it was the right fit and the right time.”