Gareth Bale's second Tottenham era begins

Mourinho admits even he 'didn't expect' Spurs impressive summer recruitment

"This is when Gareth started on that run of games where he scored, I think for five or six games in a row, and then the results exploded, and his career exploded from that moment on".

"I wanted Gareth Bale to be my first signing at Manchester United". Manchester United offered more money than Real Madrid.

He targeted Bale to be his first signing at the club, offering more money than Madrid and having a helicopter on standby for Bale.

"Okay, I said, 'I can try and change to a 4-4-2 formation, and you play free at the top with (Emmanuel) Adebayor and I can move (Gylfi) Sigurdsson to the left, cutting in".

Gareth Bale looks primed to make his second Tottenham debut in the Premier League derby at home to West Ham on Sunday, with boss Jose Mourinho suggesting that the man who was once the world's most expensive player has been working well and will "probably" play. We want him to feel comfortable, we want him to make the decision of, "Yes I'm ready, yes I'm ready to go". The senior players agreed a 10% pay cut with the club if the league returned and a 20% one if they had been unable to come back last term.

"We have a squad where every player has to fight a lot and play very very well to deserve a place in the team", Mourinho added. Lucas, he immediately took care of him, of course the communication with us the staff helps.

He was nevertheless not risked by Luis Enrique in their 1-0 win against Switzerland in the Nations League tie on Saturday in Madrid, but could be involved on Tuesday night in Turkey.

With Bale set to make his second Spurs debut against Moyes' West Ham side on Sunday, the Scottish manager spoke about his pursuit of the Wales global while he was manager at the Theatre of Dreams. "He's had a brilliant career".