Loaned by Real Madrid to Tottenham for a season last September, Gareth Bale did not have a maddening start to the 2020-2021 fiscal year. Little tenured by José Mourinho for his return to Spurs, club in which he played from 2007 to 2013, the Welshman struggled before little by little, ramping up, as can be illustrated by his performances in the Europa League against Wolfsberger and those in the Premier League against West Ham and Burnley (two goals and an assist in this meeting). In a press conference before the match against Fulham, scheduled for Thursday evening (7 p.m.), the Lusitano coach was asked about the time taken by Bale to show a good level, both physically and in performance on the field.

Obviously certain of the cause, Mourinho has targeted Real Madrid as being primarily responsible for Bale’s long start-up. “Why, in the last two years, he had what he had in Madrid. Ask them. Maybe if they answer you, you will better understand why it took so long. Maybe being patient was the main reason for him to reach the level he has shown in recent weeks, “he replied.

Subsequently, the former coach of the club merengue mentioned a possible presence of Bale for the meeting against Fulham, leaving the door open to a tenure. “I think so. Starting off or on the bench, I don’t know, we have to decide that. He’s such an experienced guy so of course his opinion is very important,” Mourinho said. In 9 games played since the start of the season in the Premier League (3 as a starter), Gareth Bale has scored 3 goals and provided 2 assists.