It is a lesson that needs to be learned quickly with games continuing to come thick and fast.
Tonight’s opening Europa League game against LASK from Austria will see some changes to the team and should be a chance to give Bale his first start since his return to the club.
However, Mourinho warned: “No player is the same with such a gap of time – 2013 to 2020 we are speaking about seven years, not seven months.
“It is not Gareth Bale, we are speaking about every player in the world, in seven years the players they change.
“And it is not about changing for better or for worse. It is just an evolution in their qualities, in the style of play, sometimes even in the positions they play.
“So of course he is not the same player, but he is just different.”
Mourinho did not include left-back Danny Rose in his 25-man Premier League squad this week and added: “Danny is not part of our squad.
“Danny wanted very, very much to leave in the January window last season. Why? Because he wanted to play and play and play.
Published at Wed, 21 Oct 2020 13:58:26 +0000