Tottenham Hotspur full-back Sergio Reguilon has joked the club built a golf course for loan signing Gareth Bale to make him feel more at home on his return to north London.
Bale is well known for his love of golf and played along with the ‘Wales. Golf. Madrid. In that order’ joke that emerged last year, much to the displeasure of an increasingly irate Spanish press.
His return to Spurs on loan for the 2020/21 season saw the 31-year-old met with a hero’s welcome by fans who were sorry to see him go in 2013 when Real paid a world record £85m transfer fee.
The club’s Hotspur Way training ground in Enfield has had a putting green located by the first-team car park since at least 2018, while there is also a full golf course on the adjoining land.
Speaking to AS, this week, Reguilon joked: “It surprises me that the Tottenham training ground has several golf courses. They told me that they put them in for him.”
Reguilon, who was a teammate of Bale’s in the Real first-team during the 2018/19 campaign, also suggested that the four-time Champions League winner is now more ‘comfortable’ back in England.
Although his agent, Jonathan Barnett, has regularly said Bale enjoyed living in Madrid, the player was often depicted as an outsider who didn’t embrace the Spanish lifestyle. That image wasn’t helped last December when Thibaut Courtois revealed Bale would skip team meals and get togethers that didn’t start until late at night in order to go to bed instead.
“The customs make him more comfortable in England,” Reguilon offered.
It was often also said that because Bale almost exclusively conducted interviews in English that he had only limited Spanish language skills. Courtois had previously denied that to be the case, while Reguilon has backed that up by saying he Spanish ‘well’, if a little broken.