Mourinho reveals the first thing he asked Bale at Tottenham
Gareth Bale has returned to Tottenham after seven years at Real Madrid, where he rarely featured at the back end of last season, and he has linked up with Jose Mourinho for the first time.
Bale’s return to the Premier League has been a major news story in the English press and everyone wants to know when he’ll make his second debut for Spurs.
“One of the first questions, in my first conversation with Gareth, was ‘what’s your favourite position?’ and he was very clear by saying ‘on the right’,” Mourinho revealed to the press this week.
“He is not a No. 10, a striker or a player for the left side, like he did in the first years of his career at Southampton and Tottenham.
“He said the right side, which is a good starting point for his development here.
“When he reaches his normal intensity and dynamic, he can be the decisive player people saw when he went to Real Madrid.”
Bale is yet to play for Tottenham since arriving on loan from Los Blancos as he continues to recover from a knee injury.
Spurs play their first match back after the international break against West Ham on Sunday before taking on LASK on Thursday.
“Probably he plays Sunday and, if he doesn’t, he will on Thursday,” Mourinho added.
“He is very, very close.
“Of course he wants to play. He’s wanted to play since the day he arrived, but it wasn’t possible. I’m not going to tell you if he’s going to play or not.
“What I will tell you is that he’s working very well. He’s working the way he probably hasn’t been able to do for some time.
“The planning of the recent sessions had a big focus on him. His condition is good.
“Does he play Sunday or Thursday? We haven’t made a decision yet. Every player is a very important player, but the Gareth situation is very special because of the history. We care about him as much as he does for Tottenham.”
Bale was singled out for criticism over his form and attitude at Real Madrid last season, but there are high hopes for his return to Spurs.
“When he reaches his continuity and when he reaches his normal intensity and dynamic, I think he can be the player that people saw, being decisive when he went to Real Madrid in a very similar position,” Mourinho continued.
“It’s great to listen from Sergio Reguilon, who shared the dressing room with him in Madrid, that Gareth looks a different guy.
“So if he’s happy with us then he goes home and he can share that happiness with family. It’s the best thing that can happen to him.
“But he needs his football and he needs to feel a top player again and that’s why I’m saying all the decisions we make with him will be thinking first about the team but never forgetting what is best for him.”