Mourinho hits out at Bale for his 'totally wrong' Instagram post
Jose Mourinho hits out at Gareth Bale for his ‘totally wrong’ Instagram post which ‘contradicted reality’ after on-loan Welshman claimed he’d had a ‘good session’ the day before being left out of Everton defeat because he was ‘not feeling good’
- Tottenham travel to Premier League leaders Man City on Saturday evening
- Jose Mourinho’s Spurs side are aiming to end City’s 15-match winning streak
- Gareth Bale was left out of Tottenham’s squad for FA Cup clash at Everton
- Bale uploaded an Instagram post saying ‘good session today’ after being left out
- The Spurs manager has since slammed the Welshman’s ill-timed message
Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho has slammed Gareth Bale for his ill-timed Instagram post while Spurs were travelling up for their FA Cup fifth round clash against Everton.
The Welshman was left out of Spurs’ squad for the dramatic 5-4 defeat at Goodison Park in the FA Cup after extra time, in the latest blow to his miserable return to north London.
Mourinho claimed there was no ‘obvious injury’ with Bale ‘not happy’ in training while speaking about his omission, but that was at odds with the 31-year-old’s version of events, as he posted ‘Good session today’ on his Instagram the day before the game.
Gareth Bale missed out altogether as Tottenham were defeated by Everton in the FA Cup
Despite being left out of the squad, Bale hinted that he was ready to play against Everton
And Mourinho is clearly not happy with Bale, labelling his social media post ‘totally wrong’ for hinting he was ‘ready’ to play.
Speaking ahead of Tottenham’s trip to Premier league leaders Manchester City on Saturday evening, Mourinho said: ‘I have to admit that his post created a need of being addressed.
‘There was a contradiction between the post and the reality. Since the beginning of the season, in relation to everything, I’ve tried to be very private and keep everything indoors but I felt that I needed to address the situation.
‘Probably the post was not even his responsibility, but it was showing that training session was great and I’m ready which was totally wrong. So when questioned I had to give the reality of things.
‘I repeat for the last time. He was not feeling good. He asked for a scan. He had a scan. The scan did not show an injury but his feelings were still there but as coaches, medical people we can never go against the player feelings.
Jose Mourinho is desperate to pick his players up following their FA Cup exit against Everton
‘So he was not ready for the game. It’s as simple as that. If he’s ready for tomorrow he’s selected for tomorrow.’
The Real Madrid loanee has only started twice in the Premier League this season, and has been an unused substitute in the last two top-flight fixtures after failing to make an impact under Mourinho.
Bale, who has failed to complete a full 90 minutes in the league this season, arrived on loan at Spurs with a knee injury.
But there were high hopes he would add another dimension to the side’s star-studded attack alongside Harry Kane and Son Heung-min.
However Bale – who hardly featured in the 18 months before he joined on loan from Real Madrid – has flattered to deceive and has in fact come in for plenty of criticism this term.
Sportsmail recently reported that the 31-year-old’s application is being questioned by Tottenham – who agreed to pay in the region of £250,000 of his mammoth £600,000-per-week salary – with concerns from within the camp about his appetite.
Bale’s loan spell back at Tottenham from Real Madrid this season has proved disastrous
It is understood that there was particular disappointment at Bale’s work-rate during the rare start for the attacker in the 1-0 loss to Brighton on January 31.
Even Brighton’s players were said to be surprised at the apparent lack of industry shown by Bale during the clash at the Amex Stadium.
There is a general disappointment at how Bale’s return to the club on loan has progressed.
Bale will be desperate to silence his critics and will be looking to make an impact against City on Saturday as Spurs aim to end their 15-match winning streak in all competitions.
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