The 31-year-old has been struggling to play since returning to north London and his manager hopes to be able to take on a bigger role
Jose Mourinho says he is “completely convinced” of Gareth Bale’s ability and says the limited role of the winger at Tottenham has been reduced to a lack of fitness for the match.
In 2021, Bale made only four appearances in the Premier League, starting only once.
Despite the 31-year-old’s anguish since returning to North London from Real Madrid, the Spurs coach is happy to have him on his team and hopes to be able to play a bigger role this season.
What did Mourinho say about Bale?
“I don’t need to be convinced of anything. “I’m completely convinced of everything,” Mourinho said. It’s not about convincing me, it’s about being willing to play the minutes we’d all love to play.
“It’s a process. You feel that at matches in the last few years. It’s a process. We want him to be ready to play every minute of every game, of course.
“He’s a player with special qualities, you could see against West Ham in the other 45 minutes a positive impact on the quality of the game. He had a cross, he had several assists, he hit the crossbar.
“It’s getting better and better, but he doesn’t play for 90 minutes, he doesn’t play every game. We have to manage his evolution, but he has nothing to convince me of. “
How did Bale perform in the Spurs?
Bale has struggled with injuries since returning on loan until the end of the season in September last year.
He started just two of the eight Premier League games in which he played, but it was easier for him to get to play in the Europa League. The Wales international started all seven games in the European competition and scored two goals.
Bale played a key role in Wolfsberger’s 4-1 win in the first game of their last 32 clashes last week as he scored one goal and set up another. He is expected to play in the return match on Thursday.
His contract in Madrid will last until the summer of 2022, but in recent years he has had difficult moments in the Spanish capital, having played only 20 times in the 2019-20 campaign.
However, his agent Jonathan Barnett said so Goal last week that Bale is still happy in Madrid and that he could return to the club at the end of the season.