Real Madrid will decide whether Gareth Bale will stay on loan in North London with Tottenham Hotspur for another season, according to manager Jose Mourinho.
Bale put his Madrid nightmare behind him in September when he returned to Spurs on a year-long loan with the possibility of a second. After a difficult first few months back at the club where he became the world’s most valuable player.
The Wales international’s notable return to form makes him an exciting prospect. Mourinho believes that any probability of Gareth Bale, 31, staying at Spurs next season is in Madrid’s hands. Mourinho answered ahead of Thursday’s Premier League game at Fulham when asked if he preferred to continue his next season:
“In relation to that you should contact your colleagues in Madrid and they should ask (Zinedine) Zidane as he is a Real Madrid player.”
“He is not a Tottenham player, so Real Madrid has everything in their hands. They have a player with one year of the contract and have the power in their hands. If you want to ask anything about Gareth’s future, ask your colleagues in Madrid to ask Zidane.” – Mourinho tod to Sky Sports.
Gareth Bale in his last two years with Real Madrid:
Bale spent much of his last two years in Spain as a misfit under manager Zinedine Zidane, which hampered his return to Spurs. It certainly doesn’t help that he arrived in September injured, and he struggled to maintain regular fitness.
The next few months, which compelled him to sit out several games. Mourinho believes that Bale’s injuries took a psychological toll on him, and yet that he is now happy in his familiar country.
“It is a very personal thing when a player has injuries, I believe that a player always has scars,” Mourinho on Bale’s situation at Real Madrid.
“So we put everything around him at his disposal. Coaching staff, medical staff, sports science. And I believe that the friends he has in the dressing room play a role in his happiness.”
Mourinho won’t rest Gareth Bale against Fulham:
Bale will play his third game in nine days against Fulham on Thursday, according to Mourinho. Bale had his best performance of the season in the 4-0 win over Burnley, scoring two goals and going to add an assist. He also ended up scoring off the bench in the midweek Europa League win over Wolfsberger.
“I repeat: bench or starting, but he’ll be there.” – Mourinho on Bale.