Mourinho on Bale’s future at Spurs
Jose Mourinho admitted that “everything is in the hands of Real Madrid” regarding Gareth Balethe future of Tottenham Hotspur.
Spurs re-signed the 31-year-old on a one-season loan in September as part of a deal that would not have included an option or obligation to buy this summer.
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Bale has been through a rough patch on his return to north London – seven years after joining Real in a world record £ 85.3million – but a recent recovery continues with two goals and an assist in Sunday’s 4-0 win over Burnley fueled speculation about the length of his stay.
“By the way, you should contact your colleagues in Madrid and they should ask [Real boss Zinedine] Zidane because he’s a Real Madrid player, “Mourinho said.
“He’s not a Tottenham player. So Real Madrid have everything in their hands. They have the player, they have a player with a one-year contract. They have the power in their hands. You know, I have just a player on loan and I’m trying to get the best out of the Tottenham Hotspur player with all due respect for Real Madrid.
“It’s the same with [Carlos] Vinicius [on loan from Benfica]. We try to take care of the players we have on loan, for us, but also for the respect we have for the club that loaned us the player. If you want to know anything about Gareth’s future, I think you should ask your colleagues in Madrid to ask Zizou. “
Spurs eased the pressure on Mourinho with this comfortable victory over Burnley, only their second Premier League win in seven matches dating back to January 17.
But ahead of Thursday’s trip to Fulham, the 58-year-old said: “We won 4-0, a game we played very, very well and it sure looks like my methods are good again, Gareth Bale is again a high level player and we are playing wonderfully.
“Come on. Don’t kill us when the results are bad, but don’t act like we’re on top of the world either. [now]. Let’s focus on our work. Of course, we want to play well. Of course, we want to score goals. Of course, we don’t want to concede goals. Of course we want to play attacking football and of course we always want the best, but sometimes that is not possible. “