Gareth Bale admits he has rediscovered his ‘hunger’ following his summer return to Tottenham.
Bale returned to the north London side seven years after his world-record departure during the summer, signing for Spurs on a season-long loan deal following a frustrating end to his time at Real Madrid, the Welsh international having been largely frozen out at the Bernabeu after falling out-of-favour under Zinedine Zidane.
The 31-year-old has been eased into action since his return but scored his first Premier League goal with a late winner against Brighton earlier this month and admits he is delighted to be at a club where he feels ‘loved’ once again.
Bale says the environment at Spurs has helped him rediscover his ‘hunger’ for the sport and insists he is in a ‘good place’ as he nears a return to full fitness.
“I feel very happy,” Bale said at a press conference ahead of Wales’ final international game of the year. “I’ve settled in very well at Tottenham and coming back to a place where you feel loved gives you that hunger to go again and play for your fans who support you so much.
“It’s definitely helped me being back in the UK and hopefully I can have a good season for Wales and Tottenham.
“Getting fitness back and playing again is what makes every player happy. I feel I’m in a good place, and there is still more to come and more to improve.”
Bale made his first start since returning to the Premier League against West Bromwich Albion before the international break, and will hoping to retain his place ahead of this weekend’s crunch clash against Manchester City at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.