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Tottenham have confirmed that Gareth Bale will wear the No.9 shirt after he completed his stunning return to the club from Real Madrid.
Spurs officially announced his signing on Saturday afternoon on a season-long loan, along with left-back Sergio Reguilon, who also joins from Madrid on a permanent deal.
It had initially been suggested that Bale could wear the No.3 shirt again, which he famously donned in his early days at Spurs, including in his stunning displays during the two Champions League games against Inter Milan in the 2010-11 season.
But these rumours proved to be unfounded as he instead opted for the 9 which was most recently worn by Dutch flop Vincent Janssen at the club, while Reguilon took the No.3.
Spurs confirmed the number with a tweet showing images of all of the numbers Bale has donned at the club, finishing with his name and the number 9 on the new home shirt.
Bale has also worn 16 and 11 at Spurs, and he kept the latter for his whole spell at Madrid.
For nostalgic reasons there may have been a temptation for him to return to the No.3, but given how he has changed from a left-back to a forward the 9 appears to make more sense positionally.
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Following confirmation of his signing, Bale tweeted: "To all the Spurs fans, after 7 years, I'm back!"
And with an interview with the club he added: "It's such a special club to me. It's incredible to be back and hopefully now I can get some match fitness and get underway and really help the team and hopefully win trophies.
"I always thought when I did leave that one day I would come back and the opportunity has now arisen. I'm hungry, I'm motivated and I want to do well for the team."
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