Bale, who is set to make his second debut for Spurs when they face West Ham on Sunday, had fallen out of favour under Zinedine Zidane in Madrid, but Spurs team-mate Sergio Reguilon, who also joined from Real, has told Mourinho that the Welshman looks like a “different guy” back in north London.
Having recovered from a knee injury which has kept him from featuring so far this season, Mourinho is taking careful steps with Bale’s introduction into the side. But once Bale gets up and running, the Tottenham boss is confident he can hit the old heights.
Mourinho said: “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.
“So, that was a very good starting point of his development here. 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, [Karim] Benzema and [Cristiano] Ronaldo, with Bale playing fundamentally playing from the right and that’s the position he prefers.”