Gareth Bale has ‘fallen back in love with football’ after finally ending Real Madrid nightmare and returning to Tottenham, claims Wales assistant coach Robert Page
- Gareth Bale has ‘fallen back in love with football’ after returning to Tottenham
- Wales assistant coach Robert Page believes that Bale has rediscovered his form
- Page says the Welsh side will benefit from Bale reignited passion for the game
- Page claims that Bale is ‘looking just as sharp, bright and powerful’ as before
The 31-year-old winger has returned to Spurs on a season-long loan, seven years after he left for Real Madrid in a then-world record transfer fee in 2013.
Having found himself out of favour under Zinedine Zidane – featuring just 20 times last season – Page believes Bale has rediscovered his form in North London.
Gareth Bale (above) has ‘fallen back in love with football’ after returning to Tottenham
Bale has appeared six times for Jose Mourinho’ side so far this season – scoring one goal and registering one assist.
Speaking of his shift in form since arriving back at Tottenham, Page told BBC Sport: ‘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.
Wales assistant coach Robert Page (right) believes that Bale has rediscovered his form
Bale has returned to Spurs on a season-long loan, seven years after he left for Real Madrid
‘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.
‘The older you get, you do lose a little bit of sharpness. I experienced that myself as a player. I have not seen any evidence of that in the last two days of training.
Page claims Bale is ‘looking just as sharp, bright and powerful’ as before his Real nightmare
Bale was rested for Wales’ goalless friendly draw with the United States due to his ankle
Some of the things I saw yesterday [Friday] was the other way. He’s looking just as sharp, bright and powerful.
‘He’s in great shape and some of the things he did in training yesterday you took a step back. It was great to watch.’
Bale was rested for Thursday’s 0-0 friendly draw against the United States in Swansea after Jose Mourinho expressed concern regarding his workload.
Having recently recovered from a knee injury, Bale was substituted for Lucas Moura in the 78th minute of Tottenham’s clash with West Brom after picking up a niggle.
He has, however, returned to training ahead of Wales’ fixtures with Ireland and Finland.