Jose Mourinho admits Real Madrid ‘have the power’ over player’s future

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Dom Le Roy

Jose Mourinho has admitted that Tottenham’s chances of re-signing Gareth Bale for next season is in Real Madrid’s hands.

Reports from Spain indicate that the Madrid hierarchy is delighted to see Bale picking up form as the La Liga giants hope to get the winger off their wage bill at the end of the season.

It has been claimed that although the Welshman is open to extending his stay at Tottenham, he will not make a decision on his future until the end of the season.

Mourinho got a little irritated when he was pressed on Bale’s future, insisting that he just has the 31-year-old on loan until the end of the season for the time being.

When asked about Bale’s future, the Tottenham boss told Football.London: “Gareth again! Maybe we does not play tomorrow and every question is about Gareth! Come on! Just because he scored two goals! Come on!

“In relation to that you should contact your colleagues in Madrid and they should ask Zidane as he is a Real Madrid player and he is not a Tottenham player so Real Madrid has everything in their hands.

“They have a player with one year of contract and have the power in their hands. I just have a player on loan and I am trying to take the best out of the player for Tottenham Hotspur, for all the respect to Real Madrid.

“It is the same with Carlos Vinicius. We try to take care of the player we have on loan for us but also for the respect we have for the club who loans the player.

“If you want to ask anything about Gareth’s future ask your colleagues in Madrid to ask Zizou.”

Mourinho also refused to take any credit for Bale’s recent run of form, insisting that the player, as well as the support staff, were always focussed on getting the winger back to peak condition.

When asked what he did to improve Bale’s confidence, the Portuguese coach responded: “I did nothing. I did nothing. It is a very personal thing when a player has injuries I believe that a player always has scars, and many times the scars are not just the physical scars, they are the emotional scars.

“A player who has injuries, until he gets free and clean emotionally takes some time. You just have to be patient and in his case we did nothing. We took care of him the best we could and we will until the last day.

“So we put everything around him at his disposal. Coaching staff, medical staff, sports science, and I believe that the friends he has in the dressing room play a role in his happiness.

“So he is happy but of course he is missing that happiness related to perform at a high level. At this moment he is there, he is happy and clean and hopefully we can manage his minutes, his matches and his feelings, and I repeat he is responsible.

“We give him that responsibility as he is the one who has the knowledge of his body and of course our communication is very, very good, and we are managing the situation as best we can.”

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It is funny how quickly the media narrative has shifted from Bale being a waste of money to now questioning if Spurs can re-sign him for next season. There are a lot of variables from now until the end of the season that would likely dictate if the North Londoners would pursue a deal for the 31-year-old in the summer.

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