Wales assistant believes Tottenham’s Gareth Bale has ‘fallen back in love’ with football

Bale joins Tottenham

Gareth Bale, of course, made his long-awaited return to Tottenham over the summer.

The Welshman, despite being integral to the club’s recent successes – especially in the Champions League – endured a rather tough stint with Real Madrid.

Bale’s relationship with both the Spanish press and current Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane was pretty poor.

So, when Spurs came calling, it is hard to imagine the winger took too much convincing to re-join his previous club.

The Lilywhites have secured Bale’s services on loan for the campaign, though there is optimism a permanent deal could be struck for a fairly low fee.

LONDON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 01: Gareth Bale of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates with teammate Sergio Reguilon after scoring his sides second goal during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Brighton & Hove Albion at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on November 01, 2020 in London, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Tottenham Hotspur FC/Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty Images)

Bale happy again

Bale has since gone on to make six appearances for Tottenham this season.

However, owing to injury/fitness issues, Spurs have refrained from starting Bale too much.

In fact, the Welshman is yet to complete 90 minutes this season, with his longest outing a 78-minute showing vs West Brom just before the break.

Despite his limited minutes so far this campaign though, Wales assistant Robert Page has recently voiced the opinion that Bale has now fallen back in love with football:

“He looks to me like he’s enjoying his football

“He loves coming away with Wales. He absolutely loves it. As long as I’ve been involved he’s never missed a camp, other than the recent one [in October] through injury.

“He’s first through the doors, loves being part of it and he has a spring in his step when he comes on camp – and that’s exactly what I’ve seen in the past couple of days.

“Now being at a place like Tottenham, he has a manager who wants him there and wants him to play week in, week out – or they are building him up to that where he plays 90 minutes consistently.

“We’ve now got a player on our hands that has fallen back in love with the game and is enjoying his football. Hopefully we will reap the rewards of that as well.”

Quotes via BBC Sport.

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