Gareth Bale has told Sky Sports that he has returned to a club he "loves with all my heart" after re-joining Tottenham from Real Madrid, and now its time for a change.

Iran PressEurope: In the most eye-catching transfer of the window so far, Bale signed for Tottenham - who face Newcastle in front of the Sky Sports cameras on Sunday afternoon - on a season-long loan earlier this month seven years after exiting for a then world-record transfer fee.

"I am happy to be back and love this club with all my heart. I've had great memories here and l feel very happy and confident. My energy levels have gone up," Bale told Sky Sports', Geoff Shreeves.

Reflecting on his exit from Real, with whom he won four Champions League titles, Bale added: "It was time for a change. I wanted to change for a little while but it hadn't materialized. This club means so much to me, it gave me my opportunities, and I felt it was a good time to come back. I feel the club is still going in a great direction and I wanted to be part of that.

"I just want to enjoy my football. In Madrid, it was a bit flat for a while, which l think everyone could see. When you are not happy, it's difficult to play at your highest level."

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