Sergio Reguilon has opened up on his adaptation to life in England and on his belief that Gareth Bale is ‘happier’ at Tottenham.
Reguilon signed for Spurs from Real Madrid during the summer and was joined in north London by teammate Bale, the Welsh winger returning to the club and Premier League on a season-long loan, seven years after leaving for the Bernabeu in a world-record deal.
Bale enjoyed much success in the Spanish capital and scored over a century of goals in addition to winning the Champions League on four occasions, though the latter period of his time with Real was disappointing as he struggled to win favour under Zinedine Zidane.
The 31-year-old scored his first goal since returning to Spurs in the weekend win over Brighton, and Reguilon believes Bale is now much ‘happier’ to have returned to the familiarity of English football.
“He seems different to me,” the full-back told Cadena Ser. “The language is everything for him.
“He speaks Spanish well, it’s not bad, a bit like me in English, but communication, the habits, mean he’s happier in England… I have no idea if he’ll return (to Madrid).
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“What most surprised me is at Spurs’ training ground there are golf holes. I asked about it and they told me they were put there for him! They’re short holes, maybe 30 metres. I couldn’t believe it!”
Bale’s love of golf was widely mocked during his time in Spain, his celebration whilst on international duty with a now-infamous flag stating ‘Wales. Golf. Madrid. In that order.’ not going down well with the Real Madrid faithful.
Reguilon’s surprise at the instalment of golf holes is rumoured to be a prank played on the Spaniard by his new teammates, who the full-back says he is getting on ‘great’ with, naming Son Heung Min and Pierre Emile-Hojberg amongst his closest companions.
The 23-year-old also spoke on his adaptation to a new country and the potential for a return to Real Madrid, the Spanish champions having inserted a buy-back clause into his sale to Spurs.
“It gets dark at five o’clock! It’s a different league and style but I adapt well to new situations… I get on great with my team-mates. Son [Heung-min] and [Pierre-Emile] Hojbjerg are good guys,” he added.
“Madrid is my home and where I grew up. In the future, you never know but the possibility is there… I didn’t speak to the boss (Zidane), it was more with the club. I know what they think of me, I had to take a decision.
“Time will tell. I didn’t ask for explanations.”