Gareth Bale opens up on how Spurs loan helped him rediscover happiness

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Gareth Bale has admitted that his loan spell at Tottenham last season helped him to rediscover a positive mindset.

Although Bale did not get a regular run in the side under Jose Mourinho during his time back at Tottenham, the Welshman still showed his quality in the final third, finishing the campaign with 16 goals in all competitions.

There were some rumours over the summer that Spurs could look to re-sign Bale for this season but Nuno Espirito Santo quashed those suggestions in his first press conference as Tottenham boss.

The 32-year-old has been reintegrated back into the first team at Real Madrid after the return of Carlo Ancelotti during the summer.

Bale has started all three of Los Blancos’ La Liga matches so far, finding the back of the net in their 3-3 draw with Levante.

The winger admitted that he is now enjoying his football under Ancelotti and credited his spell back at Spurs for helping to get him back to a happy place.

He said in an interview to AS: “I’ve always had a great relationship with Carlo, but it’s still the same in the sense that you have to forget that and give your all for the team.

“I had a good pre-season and a good start to the season, and it’s always nice to be in a good environment. That’s the main reason I went to Tottenham, as I knew it would be a good environment for me.

“It was a break I needed at the time, and I had a great time. It got me back to a happier place, and I think that showed again when I played for Wales at Euro 2020 and when I returned to Madrid this season.”

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It is a shame that Bale’s fairytale return to Spurs coincided with what was our worst season in nearly 15 years. Not only did we struggle on the pitch but the environment in the dressing room also seemed unpleasant under Mourinho.

In addition, the circumstances meant that Bale never got to play in front of a full house at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. However, all things considered, Nuno/Paratici made the right call in not re-signing Bale back as the 32-year-old might not have been able to cope with the physical demands of Nuno’s style of play.

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