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Jose Mourinho Claims Gareth Bale is ‘Happier Than Ever’ at Tottenham Hotspur

By Amreen
Jose Mourinho has claimed Gareth Bale is in his best shape since returning from Real Madrid
Jose Mourinho has claimed Gareth Bale is in his best shape since returning from Real Madrid / Julian Finney/Getty Images

Jose Mourinho has claimed that Gareth Bale is in his best shape this season as the Real Madrid loanee caught the eye in Tottenham's last three games after a slow start to life in the Premier League.

Bale scored twice in Tottenham's Europa League win over Wolfsberger and was extremely sharp coming off the bench in the 2-1 defeat to West Ham last weekend. He struggled with fitness and form issues since joining on loan last summer, but Mourinho believes he is finally finding his form.

“The mental is always a consequence of the physical,” Mourinho said. “If a player feels great, if he is training at 100%, then his feelings will be very good. There are no psychological problems, no fears or barriers.

“When you have little things [wrong physically] – and especially when you have a recent history of injuries – it’s normal [to have worries]. Physical things have consequences. But lately Gareth is fine. It is just a question of how many minutes he can play, how many days he needs to recover between matches.

"He looks happier than ever, he looks confident. He has confidence back in training, the way he hits shots. His goal on Wednesday was a confident shot. A player with fear or negative feelings would never have hit that type of shot. To strike the ball that way, it means a lot. It means freedom: for this you need to be in a good condition and he is in the best condition since he arrived."

Earlier this month, Mourinho was at odds with Bale, publicly criticising the Welshman for a social media post. Bale posted a picture on Instagram with the caption: "Good session", but the Spurs boss revealed the midfielder sat out the FA Cup clash with Everton after requesting a scan because he could feel discomfort.

Mourinho also seemed positive about Dele Alli, another player who has spent most of this season on the fringes, and not entirely because of injuries. "I am happy with him," Mourinho added. "He came back and we had good conversations. He is training well, playing parts of matches. His condition is improving. We need him, we need them all. More than ever, we need a squad."