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Tottenham’s Jose Mourinho sends Gareth Bale blunt warning as boss explains ‘difficulties’

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Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho says Gareth Bale has to earn the right to play for the club, saying he cannot just give players minutes to get match fit.

The Wales star’s return to north London and the Premier League has so far been underwhelming, featuring mainly in the Europa League and domestic cup competitions rather than in top-flight games.

There has been speculation over Bale’s future at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and whether his season-long loan move could be cut short.

Mourinho has been constantly quizzed over the 31-year-old’s lack of game-time and he has now explained the situation in rather blunt terms.

“I cannot give players minutes,” Mourinho said. “Minutes on the pitch is not something that I can give.


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“I am going in this direction. We all know the difficulties he had in the last couple of seasons, we all know that he arrived injured and we all know that even this season a little bit up and down with small things.

“The most important thing for him is to be consistent training without problems. When a player is consistently training at high intensity without any problems then the player is ready. Not to be given minutes but is ready to earn minutes and that is a different thing.

“This week he is working every minute like everybody else at a good intensity and let’s see the way he reacts to that load of work and how he reacts by the end of the week.

“If he feels, because it is also about his own feelings, that the week he had has had a positive impact on him and on his confidence he will play.”

Mourinho’s stark message to Bale comes after footage emerged of the two on the Tottenham training ground, with the manager appearing to take a swipe at the Welshman’s time at Real Madrid.

Bale has played 12 times for Spurs since he returned, four times in the Premier League, but he could get a chance in Spurs’ fourth-round clash with Wycombe Wanderers tonight.

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