Whelan reacts to Bale update from Mourinho

Gareth Bale of Tottenham Hotspur arrives at the stadium prior to the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

During his time in Spain, Tottenham became Champions League regulars, reaching the final for the first time a year ago.

Noel Whelan claims it was "inevitable" Gareth Bale would return to Tottenham ahead of a potential second debut against West Ham on Sunday. "Probably he plays Sunday, if not it is Thursday, but he's there".

"Of course he wants to play", Mourinho said.

Spurs play their first match back after the worldwide break against West Ham on Sunday before taking on LASK on Thursday.

Bale rejoined Tottenham on a season-long loan deal from Real Madrid last month after seven years in Spain, where he struggled to integrate into the culture and language.

The Wales global burst on to the scene a decade ago as a left winger, but then moved into a more central position and produced the sort of form which saw Real Madrid spend a then-record £85million on him in 2013.

"It is great to listen from Serge who shared the dressing room with him in Madrid that he looks a different guy", Mourinho said.

"So if he's happy with us then he goes home and he can share that happiness with family".

"In certain games, the other massive bonus for me and from a manager's point of view for Jose, when you look along the bench you want game-changers and with Gareth coming in now, you've got Lucas Moura on the bench, possibly you might have Kane on the bench to rest him at times, you can have Son on the bench". The last week, especially this week Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, the planning of the sessions had a big focus on him. It's the best thing that can happen to him.

"The Gareth situation is quite special because of his history in the past couple of seasons".

"I think Bale has the sensational ability to pass, he's not just a "runner" at defenders, I can see him as the creator maybe the team are lacking. Kane had to play nearly every minute when he's fit and I think that flexibility is going to be massive for Tottenham, it really is".

"But he needs his football and he needs to feel a top player again and that's why I'm saying all the decisions we make with him will be thinking first about the team but never forgetting what is best for him." .

"So the decisions we are going to make are going to be for the good of the team, but also for his own good".

The Brazilian was one of six new arrivals along with Bale, Reguilon, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Matt Doherty and Joe Hart.

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