Mourinho says Bale 'must earn rather than be given minutes'

Jose Mourinho lays down the law to Gareth Bale by insisting Welsh star ‘must earn rather than be given minutes’ at Tottenham amid struggles for game time

  • Gareth Bale’s return to Tottenham has been a big disappointment so far
  • The Welshman has started just two games in this season’s Premier League
  • Jose Mourinho says he will only get more game time when he is deserving of it 

Jose Mourinho says Gareth Bale will only get more game time for Tottenham when he starts to earn it.

Bale’s return to Spurs has not been the heroic one that many expected with the Welshman starting just two Premier league games so far this term.

He hasn’t featured in the top flight in over a month and his only consistent playing time has come in the Europa League. 

Gareth Bale (2nd left) has failed to secure a place in Jose Mourinho’s starting XI 

Speaking about the situation, Mourinho said: ‘I cannot give players minutes – minutes on the pitch is not something I can give.

‘We all know the difficulties that he had for a couple of seasons.

‘We all know that he arrived injured, we all know that even this season [he is] a little bit up and down with small things

‘The most important thing for him is to be consistent in training, at high intensity without any problems, and when a player is consistent in training then the player is ready, not to be given minutes but to earn minutes. That’s a different thing.’ 

Mourinho says Bale will only get more game time for Tottenham when he starts to earn it

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