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Joe Hart has revealed interesting claim about Gareth Bale in Tottenham training last season


Joe Hart has lifted the lid on what it was like to train with Gareth Bale at Tottenham Hotspur last season, writes the TBR.

The 2020-21 campaign saw Hart arrive at Spurs on a free transfer, while Bale rejoined Tottenham on loan.

Bale arrived back at N17 to much fanfare, having spent numerous fruitful, trophy-laden years at Real Madrid.

The Welshman has since fallen out of favour at the Bernabeu, hence his temporary return to Tottenham.

Bale’s second stint at Spurs was fairly mixed.

He got 16 goals and three assists from 34 appearances, but he also struggled at times through lack of form and injury.

Meanwhile, Hart made 10 appearances for Tottenham and was a great deputy for Hugo Lloris.

The England goalkeeper is now at Celtic, while Bale is back at Real and still surplus to requirements.

However, the Wales star remains linked with a return to N17.

Speaking on the latest episode of the In the Stiffs podcast, Hart gave an insight into what it was like to train with Bale.

He claimed that the 32-year-old “doesn’t quite trust his body” and isn’t going to put his body on the line.

Nonetheless, Hart also said that, when things clicked, Bale was absolutely outstanding.

“Gaz is exceptional,” said the 34-year-old. “You know what he’s like though, laid back is an understatement.

“But in there he’s also protecting himself.

“He was definitely hurt by what happened at Madrid and anybody would be. He’s a legend, a superstar, and for some reason the whole place turned on him.

“So he was a bit off it and injuries, but there were days when all of a sudden you could tell he felt comfortable with his body.

“He doesn’t quite trust his body. He’s very aware of feelings and he knows and has come to a point in his career where he’s not going to rip or tweak a hamstring for anyone.

“He’s exceptional and there were days where you were like ‘phwoar’ but then something would happen in his body were he felt right and he was exceptional.”