Jose Mourinho has admitted he has got fed-up talking about Gareth Bale – and hinted he could rest him at Fulham.
Mourinho snapped at a question about Bale just “because he scored two goals” and said they would have to “manage his minutes” after blaming Real Madrid for the Welsh star’s fitness issues.
Bale, 31, scored a brace against Burnley on Sunday, appears to be finally finding his form at Tottenham after a string of setbacks amid talk of the on-loan Spurs star returning to Madrid to see out his £600,000-a-week contract.
When asked why it took Bale so long to get a chance and adjust, Tottenham boss Mourinho snapped: “Gareth again! Maybe he does not play tomorrow and every question is about Gareth! Come on! Just because he scored two goals! Come on!
“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.
“At this moment he is here, 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.”
Mourinho did not want to wade into the Sky debate between former Spurs midfielder Jamie Redknapp and Roy Keane on Sunday when the pundits clashed over the quality of Tottenham’s squad.
They did end up agreeing – with Keane backtracking – on the quality of Sergio Reguilon after the United legend suggested he could not be that good if Madrid let him go.
Mourinho added: “I have huge respect for Roy. I love to work with him when I was at Sky, but independent of that, a winner like he is, I have lots of respect for Roy, and for his job as a pundit. But i’m not going to make any comments.
“Of course Reggy comes from a culture of very technical football. He was born and made in a winning club, a club that is always playing to win. Where since you are a kid you are educated in that direction. He goes forward, he is quick, he is creative, he assists, he is enthusiastic.
“But first season in the Premier League is normally not easy for a certain kind of player. I am very happy with him.”