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Bale got over ‘psychological scars’ to get back to his best – Mourinho

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The Wales international, after a long while, has looked close to being the most expensive player in the world that he once was.

Jose Mourinho says Gareth Bale has recovered from the “psychological scars” to rediscover his best form for Tottenham.

Bale scored twice as Tottenham cruised to a 4-1 Premier League win over Crystal Palace on Sunday.

The brace saw the 31-year-old forward take up his tally to five goals and three assists in his last six games.

The Real Madrid loanee returned back to familiar surroundings in September after going through his worst season in Spain.

He endured a torrid first couple of months on his Premier League return as he continued to struggle for form and fitness but now appears to have left all his problems behind.

“Nobody challenged him. We just supported him,” Mourinho told BBC Sport.

“I found psychological scars. When you have a couple of seasons with lots of injuries I think it is not about the muscular scars but the psychological scars – that brings fears and instability.

“There is a moment when you are working very well and everyone around you is giving everything we can give, there is a moment where that psychological barrier has to be broken. And he broke it. It was him, not us. We just supported him.”