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Gareth Bale won't play for Tottenham against Manchester United next month after ending his Real Madrid nightmare.
Bale is set for a sensational return to Spurs, with a £13m agreement reached between chairman Daniel Levy and the La Liga giants.
The Wales star was heavily linked with a move to Manchester in recent days, with United targeting an extra attacker amid frustration in their pursuit of Jadon Sancho.
But instead he will link up with Jose Mourinho in a one-year deal, with Tottenham paying half of his £500,000-per-week wages plus a £10m loan fee.
Tottenham's visit to Old Trafford next month would have made for a tantalising start to Bale's second Spurs spell, given the frequent speculation in recent seasons that the forward was on United's radar.
Gareth Bale seals Tottenham return from Real Madrid in £13m loan deal
But the 31-year-old does not look likely to make his second debut for Spurs until their clash with London rivals West Ham two weeks later.
Real have been desperate to get Bale off their wage bill, with the forward having been frozen out by head coach Zinedine Zidane.
But he has remained in Madrid while the finer details of his mega-money move were being finalised, according to The Sun.
But even if he leaves for the UK by the weekend, Bale would have to go into quarantine on his return to the country under government Covid-19 rules.
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That would he couldn't begin training with his new Tottenham team-mates until October 2.
That's the day before Spurs' trip to Old Trafford – so it's highly unlikely Mourinho would field his new signing against the club the Portuguese managed until being sacked in 2018.
After that comes the next international break, when Bale is likely to be in action in Wales' friendly against England on October 8.
Ryan Giggs' side also face Nations League matches against the Republic of Ireland on October 11 and Bulgaria three days later.
So the next chance Bale will get to turn out for Tottenham will be the home clash against West Ham on October 17.
But much will depend on the forward's fitness after a potential three games inside a week for his country.
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