Tottenham boss José Mourinho said on Friday that Gareth Bale will play “probably” against West Ham in the Premier League on Sunday, in what would be his first Spurs appearance after rejoining the club on a loan from Real Madrid. .
The Wales international has spent the past two weeks training after a knee injury delayed his return to Spurs after seven years in Spain.
“Of course, he wants to play,” Mourinho said. “I wanted to play from the day he arrived, but it was not possible.”
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“I’m not going to tell you if he is going to play. What I can tell you is that he is working very well, he is working in the way that he could not do for a long time.”
“The last week, especially Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, the planning of the sessions focused on him and he is in very good shape.”
Mourinho confirmed that Harry Kane will start the game on Sunday after returning from international fit.
Eric Dier is a doubt due to the injury he picked up with England, while Giovani lo Celso and Japhet Tanganga are injured.
Mourinho described its president Daniel Levy as a “genius” for his work on the transfer window this summer.
Along with Bale, Spurs brought Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Matt Doherty, Joe Hart, Sergio Reguilon and Carlos Vinicius to the club.
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“Mr. Levy proved once again that when he wants to and when he’s really involved, he’s a genius in the way he makes deals happen,” he said.
“More than I expected. We were talking about different goals, but I never thought we would go as far as we did, but I can only praise what the board did for the team.”