Tottenham head coach José Mourinho claims Gareth Bale is in the best shape of his second spell at the club and has reached a complete synthesis between mind and body, free of concern over niggling injuries.
Since returning on loan from Real Madrid last summer, the winger has struggled with fitness and shape but while beginning to exert the desired impact he is finally approaching something far closer to peak form.
“He looks happier than ever,” said the manager according to The Guardian. “He looks confident.”
“The mental is always a consequence of the physical,” Mourinho said. “If a player feels great, if he is training at 100%, then his feelings will be very good. There are no psychological problems, no fears or barriers.”
“When you have little things [wrong physically] – and especially when you have a recent history of injuries – it’s normal [to have worries]. Physical things have consequences. But lately, Gareth is fine. It is just a question of how many minutes he can play, how many days he needs to recover between matches.”