Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho has revealed the first question he asked new signing Gareth Bale, as well as the Welshman's response.
The 31-year-old rejoined the North London club on loan during the summer transfer window, having made a name for himself there before his big-money move to Spanish giants Real Madrid in 2013.
Upon his return, he was asked by his new boss to specify his preferred position.
"One of the first questions in my first conversation with Gareth, because the team is most important thing but the player is important too, was ‘what’s your favourite position’," said Mourinho.
"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 number 10, it’s not as a striker, it’s not any more 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.
"So, that was a very good starting point of his development here."
Mourinho, who has won league titles in England, Spain, Italy and his native Portugal during his time as a manager, is hoping that deploying Bale on the right flank could help him recapture the scintillating form he showed at times with Los Blancos.
"When he reaches his continuity and when he reaches his normal intensity and dynamic, I think he can be the player people saw being decisive when he went to Real Madrid, in a very similar position.
"Real Madrid was basically Bale, Benzema, Ronaldo, with Bale playing fundamentally playing from the right and that’s the position he prefers."
The Welsh winger chalked up over 250 appearances for Real, helping the club to four Champions League titles before a highly-publicised fallout with the club's management and hierarchy diminished his playing chances.
He appeared in just sixteen La Liga matches last season and returns to Spurs with the aim of establishing himself as a key man once again at his old stomping ground.
Bale is expected to make his second debut in tomorrow's Premier League fixture at home to West Ham United.
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