Mourinho reveals the first thing he asked Bale at Tottenham

  • Mourinho reveals the first thing he asked Bale at Tottenham

Mourinho reveals the first thing he asked Bale at Tottenham

Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho has confirmed that left-footer Giovani Lo Celso will miss this weekend's Premier League clash against West Ham, but added that he's expected to return from injury in the near future.

"It's not as a number 10, it's not as a striker, it's not any more on the left side like he did in the first years of his career at Southampton and Tottenham".

"So, that was a very good starting point of his development here".

"When he reaches his normal intensity and dynamic, he can be the decisive player people saw when he went to Real Madrid".

The 31-year-old arrived with a knee problem and has been working his way back to full fitness after missing the latest global break with Wales.

Mourinho confirmed that Harry Kane will start against West Ham, ending a potential disagreement between the Spurs boss and England manager Gareth Southgate over his workload during worldwide duty, while also reserving special praise for Daniel Levy over his handling of the transfer window.

"He is very, very close".

"Of course he wants to play. He wanted to play since the day he arrived, and it was not possible", Mourinho said. I'm not going to tell you if he's going to play or not. He's working the way he probably hasn't been able to do for some time. The last week, especially this week Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, the planning of the sessions had a big focus on him. And he's in pretty good condition.

"Does he play Sunday or Thursday?"

Mourinho revealed on Friday that he would make a late decision on whether the 31-year-old would be involved on Sunday in what would be his first appearance since returning to the club on loan. Every player is a very important player, but the Gareth situation is very special because of the history.

"We care as much about him as he cares about Tottenham, and we are going to make the best decision for him and for the team".

Bale has returned to north London on a season-long loan from Real Madrid after seven years of highs and lows since joining the Spanish giants for a then world-record fee.

"I understand the abilities Gareth Bale has got and what he can do, but it would be wrong to think about him and not about Harry Kane or [Heung-min] Son the way they're playing at the moment, because they're on fire".

"It's great to hear from Sergio that Gareth looks a different guy".