Gareth Bale has “fallen back in love” with football thanks to his return to Tottenham under manager Jose Mourinho, says Wales assistant boss Robert Page.
Bale, 31, rejoined Spurs on a season-long loan from Real Madrid in September.
He arrived back in north London carrying a knee injury but has since returned to full fitness and made six appearances for the club.
The Wales star has cut a frustrated figure in the Spanish capital in recent seasons due to his public falling out with Los Blancos boss Zinedine Zidane.
In contrast, Bale celebrated emphatically as came off the bench to score the winner in the 2-1 win over Brighton earlier this month and Page believes he is once again relishing game time.
“He looks to me like he’s enjoying his football,” Page said . “He loves coming away with Wales. He absolutely loves it.
“As long as I’ve been involved he’s never missed a camp, other than the recent one (in October) through injury.
“He’s first through the doors, loves being part of it and he has a spring in his step when he comes on camp – and that’s exactly what I’ve seen in the past couple of days.
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“Now being at a place like Tottenham, he has a manager who wants him there and wants him to play week in, week out – or they are building him up to that where he plays 90 minutes consistently.
“We’ve now got a player on our hands that has fallen back in love with the game and is enjoying his football.
“Hopefully we will reap the rewards of that as well.
“The older you get, you do lose a little bit of sharpness. I experienced that myself as a player. I have not seen any evidence of that in the last two days of training.
“Some of the things I saw yesterday (Friday) was the other way. He’s looking just as sharp, bright and powerful.
“He’s in great shape and some of the things he did in training yesterday you took a step back. It was great to watch.”
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