Bale says Mourinho played a big role in his Spurs return

Gareth Bale says the chance to work with Jose Mourinho was a big factor in his return to Tottenham Hotspur.

Gareth Bale

Gareth Bale completed a loan move from Real Madrid back to his former club Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday, ending a seven-year stay at the Bernabeu.   -  Twitter @SpursOfficial

Tottenham Hotspur forward Gareth Bale is relishing the opportunity to work with manager Jose Mourinho, who had unsuccessfully tried to sign the Welshman in the past.

Bale completed a loan move from Spanish champion Real Madrid back to his former club Spurs on Saturday, ending a seven-year stay at the Bernabeu.

Mourinho said he tried to sign Bale when he was in charge of Real from 2010 to 2013. The Wales international was also regularly linked with a move to Manchester United when the Portuguese was in charge at Old Trafford.

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“He's spoken to me about a few positions that he would like me to play and obviously I'm happy with that,” Bale, 31, told BT Sport.

“He was a big reason for me coming back here, he's a household name and a winner. He's the perfect fit for Tottenham. We need to win trophies and he knows how to do that better than anyone.

“I know every Tottenham fan is desperate for a trophy and we'll be trying as hard as possible in every competition to do that,” he added.

Bale, who injured his knee playing for Wales this month, is likely be match fit after the October international break and is excited about the prospect of linking up with Son Heung-min and Harry Kane.

“I haven't trained since the Wales camp so I need to get on the training pitch. Hopefully, I can hit the ground running in my first game, whenever that may be,” he said.

“Harry's done incredibly well since he burst onto the scene and scored a lot of goals. To play with him and Son is an exciting prospect for all of us. If we're all pushing in the same direction it could be a very exciting season,” he added.

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