Mikel Arteta praises Jose Mourinho over Gareth Bale’s return to form with Tottenham

Gareth Bale has rolled back the years and produced some outstanding recent displays for Tottenham
Gareth Bale has rolled back the years and produced some outstanding recent displays for Tottenham (Picture: Getty)

Mikel Arteta believes Jose Mourinho deserves immense credit for the way in which he has helped inspire Gareth Bale’s return to form with Tottenham.

The 31-year-old returned to north London on loan from Real Madrid in the summer after his spell with the Spanish giants came to an acrimonious end as his relationship with Zinedine Zidane disintegrated.

Bale initially struggled win the trust of Mourinho and failed to nail down a regular starting place in Tottenham’s Premier League starting XI, while he was also hindered by the injury issues that have plagued him throughout his career.

Having regained full fitness in recent weeks, Bale has quickly re-established himself as a key figure in Spurs’ push to secure Champions League qualification and progress to the latter stages of the domestic and European cup competitions.

The Wales international has scored six goals in his last eight appearances and is beginning to form a potentially devastating partnership with Harry Kane.

Jose Mourinho has helped inspire Gareth Bale's return to form
Jose Mourinho has helped inspire Gareth Bale’s return to form (Picture: Getty)

Asked about Bale’s recent resurgence ahead of tomorrow’s north London derby, Arteta took the chance to praise Mourinho and the Bale himself, saying: ‘The way he’s come back obviously it’s merit to the player because he’s shown that he wants to do it again.

‘But as well the club and the manager and the coaching staff probably they find a way to get the best out of him when people thought that wasn’t the case and I think that’s what good managers do and good players.’

Arteta, meanwhile has lost both of his derby clashes with Mourinho as Arsenal’s manager but knows exactly what the fixture means to his club’s fans given his own success in the fixture as a player.

He said: ‘I played in some magnificent [north London derbies] because we won some beautiful games against them,” our manager said. 

‘The most important one was probably at the Emirates when we made a huge comeback after going down. 

‘I remember the atmosphere that day was rocking, and just feeling that the fans were so happy was emotional.’

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