Gareth Bale’s mood has changed at Tottenham following Real Madrid exit

Gareth Bale looks close to his best again according to Wales caretaker Rob Page who says his move to Spurs has got the star smiling again.

Wales’ record-scorer Bale, who has 33 international goals, is in line to win his 86th cap at home to USA in Swansea.

Bale missed Wales’ previous three fixtures last month to work on his fitness after returning to Tottenham on loan from Real Madrid.

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It got Bale out of the Spanish capital where his spell was turning increasingly bitter under Zinedine Zidane who wanted him gone.

Bale,31, is already off the mark for Spurs after heading the winner against Brighton.

Gareth Bale has 33 goals for his country and will be looking to add to his tally

And Page, bossing Wales while Ryan Giggs faces an on-going police investigation, is expecting big things for them too.

Page, who has coached in Wales’ first team set up since September 2019, said: “I have had a conversation with Gareth and he is rearing to go and is fighting fit.

“If I am honest since I have been involved with the squad , it is the first time he has been at a club where he seems to be enjoying his football and his training.

“He looks fit and feels fit.

“It is good to have a fully fit Gareth Bale involved in the squad.”

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Bale is one of three Spurs’ stars in the Wales set-up along with Ben Davies and Joe Rodon.

But their manager Jose Mourinho says he is “uncomfortable” that rival Arsenal assistant Albert Stuivenberg is also part of Wales’ coaching team.

Ex-Wales U21 boss Page responded: “Albert has been involved in the Welsh set-up for a couple of years and there have never been any issues.

“But I can empathise with what he’s (Jose’s) saying.

“We’re borrowing his players to come and play for Wales so of course we’re going to look after them.

“We’re not going to undo any work that’s been done at club level. It’s elite sport and elite preparation for games.”

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With Giggs absent, Page is in charge of Wales’ next three games, including Nations League home ties with Ireland and Finland.

He says Giggs will still have input into team selection but Page is taking training and addressed the players this week as he aims to continue a nine-game unbeaten run in competitive games.

Page explained: “OK, Ryan is not here as a presence but I’ve not seen any sign that they have taken their foot off the gas.

“I know Ryan is a phone call away if I need to speak to him if we get injuries on camp or anything like that.”

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