On September 19th, Real Madrid allowed Gareth Bale to return to Tottenham Hotspur on a season-long loan deal. 

The 31-year-old had seen his first team opportunities limited with the La Liga winners last season and started only one match in all competitions after football restarted post lockdown. 

The Wales international did not enjoy a good relationship with Zinedine Zidane. There were also a few reports indicating the attacker didn’t get along very well with some of his teammates at Real Madrid.

Casemiro, however, has now dismissed this suggestion and also given his thoughts on his former teammate’s move to the north London club. 

“He got along very well with everyone. When he plays, if he’s focused, he’s one of the best in the world, top 5 without a doubt,” the Real Madrid midfielder told Movistar Plus’ program Vamos, as relayed by Defensa Central.

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“It’s a pleasure for me to have shared the dressing room with someone like him. I hope it goes well at this stage at Tottenham. I thank you for the ‘chirlos’ [screamers] you scored in the finals. When I think of Gareth, I remember those good times.”

Bale is currently recovering from an injury he picked while on international duty with Wales in September and is yet to feature for José Mourinho’s side during his second spell with Spurs, although he has now returned to training.