Mason dismisses idea that Bale is not committed to Spurs – ‘Playing through some pain’

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Dom Le Roy

Ryan Mason has dismissed the suggestion that Gareth Bale already has one eye on the European Championships ahead of Tottenham’s final home game of the season against Leicester.

Bale has come in for some harsh criticism over the course of the season from pundits, with the Welshman’s attitude being questioned.

However, the returning superstar has demonstrated over the last few months that he remains a dangerous weapon in the final third.

The 31-year-old got into some hot water when he seemed to suggest back in March that his main reason for returning to Spurs was to be fit to play for his country in this summer’s Euros.

However, Mason dismissed the idea that the forward was not fully focussed on helping Tottenham to finish the season strong, revealing that the on-loan Real Madrid star played through pain against Aston Villa.

When asked whether Bale was in contention to start at the King Power Stadium, with the winger potentially having an eye on the Euros, the interim Spurs boss told Football.London: “I completely disagree with that personally.

“I can only speak of my experience in the last five weeks with Gareth. He’s scored four goals for this football club in that time. He’s been excellent.

“Last weekend was the most minutes he’s played in the Premier League all season, pushing close to 90 minutes.

“I think if you were to look at Gareth in that moment he looked fit, he looked strong, he was brave, he added a different dimension for us and he has quality as well.

“That spike in terms of the minutes played he felt his quad. In terms of him thinking about this summer, I don’t believe so because he was out there the other night playing through some pain, playing through a problem he had for me, for himself and for the football club.

“In terms of Gareth’s commitment, Gareth’s quality, I think his commitment has been fully there in this moment I’ve been here and in terms of his quality, his quality is never going to leave him. I think you see that every time he’s on the football pitch.”

There has been plenty of speculation over the last few months regarding Bale’s chances of returning to Spurs next season but Mason insisted that he had not had those conversations with the experienced forward.

When asked whether Bale has a chance of returning to N17 next season, Mason responded: “I am not sure, I have not had those conversations. The club will have those at the end of the season.

“After the game at the weekend, he goes back to his parent club. He is a Real Madrid player.

“These conversations I am not sure of. I just know he is hopefully going to help us at the weekend.”

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