Tottenham boss Mourinho coy on Bale selection: Most important is happiness

Manuel Lanzini

Tottenham boss Mourinho coy on Bale selection: Most important is happiness

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.

"Of course he wants to play".

"I think Bale has the sensational ability to pass, he's not just a "runner" at defenders, I can see him as the creator maybe the team are lacking".

Harry Kane's blistering first-half performance for Tottenham against West Ham has seen Premier League records tumble as the England skipper notched up two goals and an assist inside the opening 20 minutes.

The Wales worldwide burst on to the scene a decade ago as a left winger, but then moved into a more central position and produced the sort of form which saw Real Madrid spend a then-record £85million on him in 2013.

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.

"It's great to hear from Sergio that Gareth looks a different guy". "He wanted to play since the day he arrived, but it was not possible. Probably he plays Sunday, if not it is Thursday, but he's there".

"In certain games, the other massive bonus for me and from a manager's point of view for Jose, when you look along the bench you want game-changers and with Gareth coming in now, you've got Lucas Moura on the bench, possibly you might have Kane on the bench to rest him at times, you can have Son on the bench".

"It is a physical thing".

"We have a squad where every player has to fight a lot and play very well to deserve a place in the team", said the Spurs boss.

"The goals they've been scoring have been incredibly good so we'll need to make sure we defend well, but we also need to make sure we punish them like we have done against the likes of Wolves and Leicester".

In addition to the arrivals of Reguilon and Bale, Spurs also brought in Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg from Southampton, Carlos Vinicius on an initial loan from Benfica and Joe Hart on a free transfer.

"In such a hard period, the club made an incredible effort".

"Mr. Levy showed once more than when he wants, when he is really involved, he is a genius in the way he makes deals happen and I can only publicly thank them for what they gave to the team. It is very important he has a happy season with us and I think at this moment of his career that is very, very important".

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