Jose Mourinho appears to blame Real Madrid for Gareth Bale recovery time

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Jose Mourinho
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Jose Mourinho appeared to imply that Real Madrid were to blame for the length of Gareth Bale’s recovery time in North London this season during his press conference today.

The Welshman looked to have finally turned a corner over the past week, with his performance against Burnley in the Premier League standing out.

Bale started the match against Sean Dyche’s men and scored within the first two minutes of the game. He then added an assist soon after thanks to a brilliant raking pass to Harry Kane. Bale topped off his performance with a tidy finish in the second half.

This meant that the on-loan Spurs winger had scored four goals and assisted another three in his past four appearances across all competitions (TransferMarkt).

However, it hasn’t all been plain sailing for the Welsh superstar this season as, before this week, he has been largely deployed in the Europa League and cup competitions.

Jose Mourinho seemed to imply that the time it has taken for Bale to get up to speed is largely down to the way in which Madrid treated him over the past two years.

He said (Standard): “Why for the past two years he had what he had in Madrid. Ask them.

“Maybe if they answer to you, you can understand better why it took a while, or maybe to be patient was the main reason for him to reach the level that he showed in the last couple of weeks.

“Maybe to be patient was the main reason for him to reach the level he showed in the last couple of weeks.”

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