Andre Villas-Boas reveals tactical talk that unlocked Gareth Bale’s potential

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The marquee addition, however, was the return of Gareth Bale after the winger returned to the club and Premier League seven years after his world-record move to Real Madrid, his signing raising hopes that Spurs can challenge for major honours this season.

After taking charge of United from Sir Alex Ferguson, Moyes identified Bale - along with Toni Kroos and Cesc Fabregas - as priority signings.

"I wanted Gareth Bale to be my first signing at Manchester United".

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"Another time, when Gareth wasn't feeling that he was unlocking his full potential, he came into my office one day and he said: "Boss I'm not happy, things are not going well for me", Villas-Boas recalled.

The current Real Madrid No.1 spent seven years at Stamford Bridge picking up two Premier League titles, the FA Cup and the League Cup before transferring to the Santiago Bernabeu in 2018, where he became teammates with Bale.

'Manchester United offered more money than Real Madrid. I tried to hijack it.

But the Welshman snubbed a move to the Premier League giants in favour of a switch to Real Madrid.

'I had a good relationship with Gareth and I wish him the best of luck this year, even if he's not playing for the good London team.

The Welsh striker will try to regain such form after battling for his feet at Real Madrid. We even had a helicopter at the training ground to take him and bring him back. He's had a brilliant career'.

Moyes will be back in the West Ham dugout for the clash after recovering from Covid-19 which saw him miss wins against Wolves and Leicester.

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