Tottenham Hotspur head coach Jose Mourinho has told The London Evening Standard that Gareth Bale may not always play in his favourite position.
Bale joined Tottenham on loan from Spanish and European giants Real Madrid in the summer transfer window.
The 31-year-old Wales international winger could make his (second) debut for the North London outfit against West Ham United in the Premier League on Sunday.
Bale, who moved to Madrid from Spurs back in the summer of 2013, has told Mourinho that his favourite position is on the right side, but the Portuguese has suggested that the Welshman may not always play there.
The former Madrid and Chelsea boss is also pleased that Bale is happy now.
Mourinho told The London Evening Standard: “One of the first questions in my first conversation with Gareth – the team is the most important thing, but the player is important too – was ‘what’s your favourite position?’. I wanted to start from there and he answered the question.
“Does that mean he will always be used in that position? No. Because the most important thing is the team, and he will play where the team needs him to play, but he was very clear by saying his favourite position is on the right.
“It’s not as a No.10, it’s not as a striker, it’s no longer on the left side like he did in the first years of his career at Southampton and Tottenham. His favourite position now is on the right side.”
The Portuguese told The Guardian: “It’s great to listen from Sergio Reguilon, who shared the dressing room with him in Madrid, that Gareth looks a different guy. So if he’s happy with us then he goes home and he can share that happiness with family; it’s the best thing that can happen to him.”
Big signing for Tottenham Hotspur
Bale is a very good winger who on his day is one of the best attacking players in the world.
The Welshman had injury problems at Madrid in recent times, and when he was fit and available, he could not convince head coach Zinedine Zidane to play him.
However, at Spurs, the 31-year-old seems happy, and he could prove to be a big signing for the North London outfit, who are aiming to finish in the top four of the Premier League table this season.