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Tottenham manager Mourinho insists Bale 'better than ever': We don't need Real Madrid version

Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho heaped praise on Gareth Bale after the Welshman's performance against Burnley.

Bale scored twice and provided an assist in the 4-0 victory.

"Sometimes people write things, and sometimes, some of you like to imagine stories, you need to write stories and sometimes you like to say things that are not really true but there is not one single manager in the world that doesn't play Gareth Bale if Gareth Bale is in very good condition," Mourinho said.

"There is not one, but now he is better than ever.It's not just about the two goals he scored, it's fundamentally about his physical performance.

Now he's not flat. Now he has ups and downs in the speed he brings to his actions."Even in the area in which he plays, sometimes outside, sometimes inside. He played very well and his condition is very good.

"I'm just pleased for the team because he helped the team to win and that's the most important thing. I'm happy for him."

Mourinho added: "We don't need the Gareth Bale of five or six years ago. That player wouldn't be here - he'd be at Real Madrid. He is winning duels and you saw his speed and direction.

"I'm very happy for him, very happy for the team because the team needs his talent. When his condition is good he can do things like today - his game was very good, not just scoring, changing speeds, going inside."

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