Updated: Sep 22
Jose Mourinho believes Gareth Bale will return to full fitness ahead of schedule because he is motivated to play for Tottenham Hotspur.
The 31-year-old secured a loan-move from Real Madrid to Spurs on Saturday, having departed seven years ago for a world-record fee at the time.
It is believed the Welshman, who won four Champions League titles at the Santiago Bernabeu, will be on the sidelines until October because of a knee injury he sustained on international duty earlier this month.
"I don't know when Gareth can be back," Mourinho said. "I only know the motivation is high because he is so happy to be with the club of his heart.
"He's so happy to play for us, and when a player has these motivations, many times you can shorten the period of recovering, getting fit, and ready to play.
"We want to help him, so when he is available to train with the team, we are more than happy to have him and help him to be back to a level that may be one of the best players in the world."