Jose Mourinho says Real Madrid must answer questions about Gareth Bale’s fitness struggles at Tottenham

Jose Mourinho has said Real Madrid should be asked about Gareth Bale’s lack of regular playing time at Tottenham.

Bale returned to Spurs on loan from Real Madrid last year but has been a bit of a player for much of the campaign.

The Wales star had his most influential game for Spurs in the 4-0 win over Burnley on Sunday as he scored twice and created another goal, and Mourinho believes questions over the state of Bale should be addressed to Real.

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“Why in the past two years he’s had what he has at Madrid,” Mourinho said when asked how long it took Bale to get in shape. while, or maybe being patient, was the main reason he hit the level he has shown over the past couple of weeks.

Bale will be involved when Spurs take on Fulham on Thursday, with Mourinho confident the 31-year-old can face two games a week.

“Start the game, being on the bench, I don’t know,” Mourinho said. “We have to decide. He’s such an experienced guy that of course his opinion is very important.

But good reaction, good recovery sessions. He will be involved. I repeat, bench or leaving, but he will be there.

Giovani Lo Celso will not appear as Mourinho is unwilling to take any risks with a player who has not appeared since before Christmas due to a hamstring injury.

“He’s training with the team but it was a big injury,” Mourinho said. “We’re not going to take a risk yet. In fact, we don’t want to risk, we want to bring him into the squad and compete when he’s there. There’s no risk.

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“So one more week, two more weeks. Other than that, everyone is fine. Another workout this afternoon, but it’s okay.


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