Gareth Bale’s fairytale return to Tottenham Hotspur has not worked out the way the Welshman or Spurs fans would have hoped for.
With almost two-thirds of the season now behind us, Bale still looks a long way off from being a regular in Jose Mourinho’s starting eleven.
To make matter worse, there appears to be some cracks appearing in the 31-year-old’s relationship with the Tottenham boss, with Mourinho publicly criticising the winger for his Instagram post about training last Tuesday for ‘contradicting reality’.
The on-loan Real Madrid star did show glimpses of his quality when he came on for a 20-minute cameo against Manchester City on Saturday but the result was a foregone conclusion by that time.
Bale’s agent Jonathan Barnett has now provided a direct response to explain the winger’s struggles this season.
When asked why his client has not been playing regularly, Barnett told Financial Times Business of Football event: “He’s towards the end of his career. You have to ask Mourinho that.
“When they say what’s happened to him he’s won more trophies abroad than any player in British history. He’s done very well financially, he has money for the rest of his life.”
The agent also revealed that the winger had rejected a couple of more lucrative offers before signing for Spurs in 2007 from Southampton.
Barnett added: “With Gareth we always knew where he wanted to be.
We knew he had the talent so when clubs came in, the first thing we did was looking at the clubs that were there and the ones to progress his career.
“We chose Tottenham for clear reasons – the path to the first team, there was good coaching.
“We turned down two offers for more money than what we offered at the time but we spoke with him, his parents and they listened to us and he finished up at Real Madrid.”
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Barnett has never been shy of criticising Real Madrid and Zinedine Zidane publicly in the past for not handing Bale minutes. The fact that he has chosen not to take a similar approach with Spurs and Mourinho suggests that the Welshman has not really been complaining about his predicament.
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