Gareth Bale Renames Cardiff Bar in Honour of Return to Spurs

Gareth Bale and all his Madrid-based fans at an empty Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
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Gareth Bale's very own bar has undergone something of a rebrand, following his return to Tottenham Hotspur this month.

The Welsh forward finally secured his long-awaited exit from La Liga purgatory last week, and has returned to Tottenham on a loan deal for the 2020/21 season.

Celebrating his return to the Premier League after seven years away, Bale's bar in Cardiff - previously Elevens Bar and Grill - has undergone a rebrand to recognise his number change and will now be known as... Nines.

Bale opened the bar in his home city in 2017, while he was in the peak of his powers in Spain. The 'eleven' name was inspired by his shirt number at Real, but that was handed out to Marco Asensio days before his move away was even confirmed.

It seems Bale is prepared to move on, however, renaming his own venue after the iconic shirt he will take up at Spurs.

The number nine has previously been worn by the likes Dimitar Berbatov, Robbie Keane, Teddy Sheringham, Chris Waddle, Clive Allen and Jimmy Greaves.

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No-one tell Bale his Twitter handle still has 11 in it...

Bale will be hoping the number nine shirt can bring him the same sort of luck the numbers three and 11 did first time around. In six years at the old White Hart Lane, he scored 56 goals and registered 58 assists in 203 appearances, as he gradually advanced from left-back to become a fully-fledged winger.

His new number perhaps hints that he could be used as cover for Harry Kane this season, with Spurs desperately lacking a central striker outside of the England captain. Or perhaps it doesn't, and he's just taken it because it's free, and he likes attention.

Bale is expected to make his first appearance back in the Premier League after the October international break, as he recovers from a knee injury sustained on Wales duty.