Former Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas has lifted the lid on a discussion with Gareth Bale which led to the player's form improving dramatically and ultimately ended in him becoming the world star he is today.
Bale first joined Spurs from Southampton in 2007, but after struggling to impress under a number of managers he began to show his best under first Harry Redknapp and then Villas-Boas.
The Welsh international, who has recently re-joined Spurs on loan from Real Madrid, actually began his career as a left-back before moving further forward as a winger.
And speaking to COPA90, Villas-Boas revealed that a meeting with Bale resulted in him changing his side's formation to accommodate the player's strengths.
"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.
"'Ok,' I said, 'I can try and change to a 4-4-2 formation, and you play free at the top with (Emmanuel) Adebayor and I can move (Gylfi) Sigurðsson to the left, cutting in.'
"This is when Gareth starts on that run of games where he scored, I think for 5 or 6 games in a row, and then the results exploded, and his career exploded from that moment on."
Bale and Villas-Boas always appeared to have a good relationship, but Bale could not resist a move to Madrid at the end of the 2012-13 season for a then-world record fee of £85.3m.
Villas-Boas, meanwhile, is now in charge of French side Marseille following spells at Zenit Saint Petersburg and Shanghai SIPG after Spurs.
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