Gareth Bale’s return to Tottenham on loan from Real Madrid ahead of 2020/21 was greeted with as much anticipation as any other Spurs signing in the Premier League era. Returning to north London seven years after he had left for a world-record fee was a player who had provided some of their best memories of the 21st century, and who went on to win the Champions League four times with Real. However, having had plenty of injury problems during those years, and played very little football in his final season in Spain, there was a concern that Bale would never recover his best. A slow start back at Spurs did nothing to dispel those concerns, but having worked hard to regain fitness and sharpness, he appears to be proving his worth to José Mourinho’s team.
“There is not one single manager in the world who does not play Gareth Bale if Gareth Bale is in very good condition,” Mourinho said. “In training, you can see his confidence is back. Everyone wants the best for him, because the best for him is the best for Tottenham.”