Mourinho coy over Bale’s derby appearance

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Jose Mourinho confirmed that Gareth Bale is chomping at the bit to make his second Tottenham Hotspur debut. However, the Portuguese chief wasn’t giving away too many clues as to whether the Welsh international would feature in Sunday’s eagerly-anticipated derby with West Ham United in N17.

Bale has been sidelined since returning to North London from Real Madrid. Nevertheless, speculation has been rife that he will be let loose against David Moyes’ side.

Whatever the outcome might be, Mourinho waxed lyrical about the 31-year-old: “Of course he wants to play,” the Spurs boss enthused.

“He wanted to play since the day he arrived, and it was not possible.

“I’m not going to tell you if he will play or not. What I can tell you is that he’s working very well – probably he’s working the way he was not able to do for quite a long time.

“The last week and this week, especially Monday or Tuesday, the planning of the sessions had a big focus on him. And he’s in pretty good conditions. Is he playing Sunday or Thursday? I don’t know – he doesn’t know?”

Mourinho continued: “We haven’t made a decision yet, but what I can say is the same thing I told you yesterday – the team is the most important thing.

“To win against West Ham is the only thing that matters at this moment. Every player is a really important player, but the Gareth situation is quite special because of his history in the past couple of seasons.

“We care as much about him as he cares about Tottenham, and we are going to make the best decision for him and the team.”

Jeevesie’s prediction: Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 West Ham United


Brian Jeeves