Arsenal midfielder Dani Ceballos has defended Gareth Bale, saying the forward just needs time to adapt to life back at Tottenham.

Bale returned to Tottenham in a high-profile move in the summer, signing a season-long loan deal at the club.

The move was considered a sign of intent by Jose Mourinho’s time, with many believing that Bale could be the difference and push Tottenham further up the table.

That has not proven to be the case, though, with Bale struggling to find form or fitness and managing just three goals in 12 appearances so far.

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Indeed, he has struggled to establish himself under Mourinho, managing just 623 minutes of football and starting just one Premier League game to date.

Such is the situation that the loan deal has been labelled a massive failure, with talk that Tottenham could even look to end the loan deal early this month as a result.

Ceballos, though, has jumped to his former teammate’s defence, believing Bale needs time to adapt to a different Premier League to the one he left.

“It’s not easy,” he told EFE, relayed by Hola News.

“Gareth’s return has been good for both of us, but when he was here seven years ago, the league was completely different.

“I could give you the case of Thomas (Partey) and that of Fabinho, when he arrived at Liverpool.

“They are players who arrive and they know that it is a very physical league, but when you start playing they realize that it is twice as physical.

“It is very difficult to adapt quickly and I think that could be happening to Gareth.”