Gareth Bale has returned to Tottenham Hotspur on loan for one year.

The Wales captain made a remarkable return to Premier League seven years after joining Real Madrid in what was a world record  £86m transfer.

The 31-year-old flew to London on Friday after completing a medical in Madrid, with Spurs agreeing to pay about £20m in wages and loan fees.

“It’s nice to be back. It’s such a special club for me where I made my name, what an amazing club with amazing fans, it’s incredible to be back,” Bale told the club’s website.

“Hopefully now I can get some match fitness, get underway and really help the team to win trophies.

“I always thought when I did leave that I would love to come back one day, the opportunity has now arisen and I feel like it is a good fit at a good time.

“I am hungry and motivated to do well for the team. I can’t wait to get started.

“By going to Madrid and winning trophies, and going far with the Wales national team, I have got that winning mentality.

“You don’t realise until you are there in finals and those situations. Hopefully I can bring belief into everybody that we can win trophies. The target is to do that this season, I want to bring that mentality back to Tottenham.

“Since I have left the club has been building, the stadium is incredible, the training ground is better than before. It’s an exciting time.”

The most expensive player in British history won four Champions League titles, two La Liga titles, one Copa del Rey, three Uefa Super Cups and three Club World Cups with Real and scored more than 100 goals.