Mourinho not happy that Arsenal coach will be looking after Gareth Bale this week

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Dom Le Roy

Gareth Bale seems to be coming on leaps and bounds in a Tottenham shirt over the past few weeks, even scoring a winner off the bench against Brighton last weekend.

However, Jose Mourinho and his team have clearly been managing the Welsh winger with extreme caution, with Bale having been without consistent minutes for some time.

Gareth was frozen out of the picture at Real Madrid towards the end of his spell there before joining Spurs on loan, not to mention his consistent career injury woes.

Therefore, the four-time Champions League winner has not yet played anything close to 90 minutes and has been used mainly as a bench option in the Premier League.

With the Welshman having been selected for his country ahead of the upcoming Nations League clashes this month, Mourinho has extended his desire for the star to be managed carefully while on international duty.

He also added that he was uncomfortable that Wales have an Arsenal coach on their team, especially with Ryan Giggs out for the upcoming fixtures.

He said (Football London): “He’s getting better and better and [against Ludogorets] I felt he could play 90 minutes, but it’s not about can or cannot, it’s about managing the situation and keeping him safe.

“That’s because he’s a player that needs to be safe, he’s a player that had enough problems in the past. He’s working so much and we’re all working so carefully with him that we don’t want to destroy the work everybody is doing for the last couple of months.

“Wales has two matches where they play for the Nations League and I expect him to play, but if they care as much about him as we do, they have to manage the recovery period. They have to manage how many days’ difference between one match and another.

“They have to manage the minutes that he plays and they should not let him get to fatigue levels.

“It’s not Giggs responsible for these matches and I’m sorry about it, because for the previous fixtures he called me, we spoke about Ben Davies – not Gareth because Gareth was not there – and we shared opinions on the situation, which is probably not going to happen this time.

“The fact that one of the coaches is an Arsenal coach does not make me very comfortable. Honestly, it doesn’t make me very comfortable.

“National team matches should have coaches that work exclusively for them, not coaches who work for other clubs.”

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