Son Heung-min reveals he ‘really enjoys’ playing with Gareth Bale, has a ‘really close relationship’ with him and is excited by the prospect of him starting more as pressure to play Real Madrid loanee builds on Jose Mourinho
- Gareth Bale grabbed a goal and an assist as Tottenham thrashed Wolfsberger
- Son Heung-min said he loves playing with Bale after the duo starred in the win
- The Welsh forward could get more game-time now after impressing Mourinho
- The Spurs boss admitted Bale is in contention to start against West Ham
Son Heung-min has said he ‘really enjoys’ playing with Gareth Bale and is excited by the prospect of him starting more after the pair inspired Tottenham to a 4-1 victory over Wolfsberger in the Europa League.
The Welsh forward has been having a tough time since re-joining Tottenham on loan from Real Madrid, but he returned to form on Thursday night, scoring a stunner as Jose Mourinho’s men put one foot in the next round.
Bale also provided the cross for Son to score Tottenham’s opener while Lucas Moura and Vinicius grabbed the other goals in the team’s rout of their Austrian opponents.
Gareth Bale (left) and Son Heung-min (right) starred in Tottenham’s comfortable 4-1 win
Son admitted afterwards that he was delighted to see Bale playing after being given a rare start from Mourinho, who has now got him in his first-team plans for Sunday’s crucial game with West Ham.
‘I have a really close relationship with him,’ Son said of Bale after the victory in Hungary.
‘I’m very happy he’s getting game-time and scored a goal and got an assist. I really enjoy playing with him.’
Bale, meanwhile, was delighted to get among the goals amid a largely frustrating second spell at Spurs which has seen him struggle to make an impact in Mourinho’s squad.
Bale scored a stunning strike on the night and provided an assist for Son to net the opener
‘We had the mindset of coming to score as many goals as we could and get some confidence,’ he told reporters.
‘Obviously we haven’t won many lately so it’s important to get a win to breed confidence. Hopefully, this is the start of a good run.
‘It was good [to score]. I just chopped inside and hit it. It’s nice to get on the scoresheet to help the team.
‘It’s good to get four away goals. It’s always good to win a game by that margin. We’ll take the second leg like it’s 0-0.’
Bale has struggled for minutes this season and relations between him and Mourinho appeared strained when the Spurs boss took exception to a social media post from the 31-year-old about his fitness last week.
Son said he really enjoys playing with Bale and is happy he is getting more game-time now
But Mourinho was left impressed by Bale’s performance on Thursday night and flirted with the idea of handing him just a third Premier League start of the season when they play West Ham this weekend.
Mourinho said: ‘One of the reasons why he left the pitch by minute 64 was to try to have him available for the next match.
‘By taking him off at that minute we managed to save him a few miles in his legs. I know the match is Sunday at 12 o’clock but I believe he has a chance to play the match.
‘For him it was important to play and not to play the 90 minutes.’
Jose Mourinho (right) took the Welshman off to preserve him for the West Ham game
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