Gareth Bale: Spurs boss Jose Mourinho says there has been no discussion on whether to extend loan spell | Football news
Jose Mourinho has said there has been no discussion on the future of lender Gareth Bale at Tottenham.
Bale is on loan from Real Madrid all season with an option for a second year, but has yet to make a major impact.
Reports were released on Friday suggesting that Spurs had already decided they would not look to keep Bale next season.
But when the matter was referred to Spurs head coach Mourinho, he said: “There wasn’t even a second of discussion about it.
“Gareth is a player on loan until the end of the season. We are talking about Gareth himself, Tottenham, Real Madrid.
“But, I promise you, not a second of argument.”
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Embarrassed by illness and injuries, Bale has only played 45 minutes in the Premier League since November 8, although he has played more regularly in the Europa League.
Mourinho added: “He arrived injured and was injured, I believe, the first month.
“The Europa League matches were helping him recover from his condition.
“The Europa League group stage is a different level than the Premier League – the [Europa League] KO is a different story, but the group stage is of a different intensity.
“The Premier League, he didn’t play a lot of minutes, [then] another small injury to Stoke [in the Carabao Cup] where he had a good first half.
“[It’s] not an easy process. Everyone knew that in the last two seasons at Madrid it had not been easy for him, so let’s take it step by step and try to get the best of him. “
Analysis: Stay or go get Bale at Spurs?
Sky Sports News reporter Dharmesh Sheth told The Transfer Show:
“There was such optimism when Gareth Bale arrived at Tottenham, greeted by many fans. There was a huge fanfare, huge optimism – Gareth Bale is back home, they called him.
“But it didn’t work out the way Tottenham fans would have envisioned it, as Jose Mourinho, or Bale would have envisioned. He started a Premier League game this season, scored a Premier League goal, in the Cup EFL and Europa League I don’t think that’s the comeback Tottenham fans expected.
“It was reported today that Tottenham may have the option of extending that one-season loan into another one-season loan. Neither club has officially confirmed this to us, but what we do know is is that Bale’s agent at the time, Jonathan Barnett, was not ruling out an extended stay at Tottenham.
“The way it is going right now, unless there is a huge change in his appearances, his debut and the number of opportunities he is going to have under Mourinho, you have to wonder if Tottenham would consider still to keep Bale after his loan expires at the end of the season? As it stands, Mourinho is not using him as much as he would have expected. “
“Maybe a player should celebrate in a crazy way”
Mourinho says Premier League sides should try to follow protocols for goal celebrations.
As the country continues to grapple with the coronavirus pandemic, referees have been urged to remind players of the need to maintain social distancing as much as possible during matches and when celebrating goals.
Some managers have said the rules will be hard to follow and, while he agrees with that, Mourinho believes the effort is worth it.
“This is what is asked of us and we have to try,” he said.
“The best way is probably for the striker, if he wants to celebrate in a crazy way, let him do it alone.
“Before we always say to the players, celebrate as a team – don’t forget the guy who helps, don’t forget the guys who fight hard behind you, celebrate with everyone.
“But now maybe it’s time to say, celebrate on your own and let the other guys come to you in a calm way.
“I know it’s difficult.
“I know our players did it very, very well [against Fulham] but it’s hard to criticize others who don’t.
“We [PL clubs] can help each other educate all players about not partying – let’s all try it together. “