Antonio Conte ‘asks for Gareth Bale in January’ with second Spurs return eyed

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Tottenham Hotspur boss Antontio Conte has reportedly asked chairman Daniel Levy to re-sign Gareth Bale on loan in January.

Bale, who was on loan at Spurs last season, has barely featured for Real Madrid this term and is understood to be open to another move back to north London.

OkDiario chief Eduardo Inda has claimed on El Chiringuito the deal could eventually be made permanent if he manages to impress Tottenham's new manager.

It is also indicated that Conte would prefer a move for Bale over one for former Chelsea winger Eden Hazard – who Levy is said to be keen on.

The former Inter Milan, Chelsea and Juventus manager joined Spurs on an 18-month deal last week, replacing Nuno Espirito Santo – who was sacked after just four months in charge.

Conte will want to mould Tottenham in his image and is expected to dip into the transfer market in a big way in January, with rumours of a £150m kitty to play with.

Bale scored 16 goals in 34 appearances for Tottenham last season, enjoying an understatedly fruitful spell back in the Premier League.

He initially struggled to nail down a first-team spot, particularly with Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min in impeccable form at the start of last season, but the winger eventually convinced manager Jose Mourinho to give him more minutes.

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After returning to Madrid in the summer, Bale's number 11 shirt was given to Marco Asensio while the Welshman was handed number 18.

His relationship with Madrid, as well as the club's fans, appears to have now deteriorated beyond repair.

Reports suggest the Spanish giants cancelled Bale's agreed move to Chinese club Jiangsu Suning in 2019 at the last minute, which angered the player.

Bale made over 200 appearances for Spurs during his first spell with the club, winning two PFA Player of the Year awards.

He secured a move to Madrid in 2013 for a world-record £86m fee, and has gone on on to win four Champions Leagues and two La Liga titles with the club.

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