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Mourinho critical over Bale fitness claim

  • Published at 12:12 pm February 13th, 2021
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File photo: Tottenham's Gareth Bale reacts after being snubbed as a substitute option by manager Jose Mourinho,

Bale's return to Spurs on loan from Real has been an anti-climax with the Welshman barely featuring in the EPL because of injuries and lack of match fitness

Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho has criticized Gareth Bale after the forward's Instagram post earlier this week in which he indicated he was fit to play against Everton.

Bale's return to Spurs on loan from Real Madrid has been an anti-climax with the Welshman barely featuring in the Premier League because of injuries and lack of match fitness.

Ahead of Tottenham's FA Cup fifth-round clash at Everton Wednesday, Bale posted a comment saying he had enjoyed a "good session" in training but he was not even on the bench at Goodison Park.

Speaking to reporters Friday, Mourinho said Bale's comment was misleading and that the player had asked not to be included in the squad despite a scan showing no injury.

Bale's return on loan from Real Madrid was greeted with much excitement at Spurs but his impact has been minimal

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Mourinho said this in a news conference ahead of Saturday's trip to Premier League leaders Manchester City.

The 31-year old Bale has started only two Premier League games since returning to the club on loan in October, having fallen out of favor at Real. 

He has featured more in the Europa League but his return has been a disappointment.

Former Tottenham striker Dimitar Berbatov said the situation did not look like having a happy ending.

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