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"Did anyone else hear this?" said one YouTube user. "Listen carefully at 1:08..."You want to stay here or go to Real Madrid?" Maybe Bale going back?"
:speaking_head: "You want to stay here or go to Madrid and play no football?"
Interesting audio picked up in this video from Jose Mourinho #THFC
- The Spurs Web :white_circle: (@thespursweb) January 16, 2021
Whether Mourinho's comments were directed towards Gareth Bale is unknown, but many are assuming that the audio is related to the Real Madrid man, who is currently on loan at Spurs from the Spanish giants.
Bale spent a large chunk of his time on the bench last season after falling out of favour with manager Zinedine Zidane.
It is reported that Spurs are paying around £20 million in loan fees and wages for the player who left the club for a then world-record £85.3 million in 2013.
But the Welshman has struggled to break into Jose Mourinho's first team plans since his arrival, starting just one Premier League game in that time - although he has made six Europa League appearances.
Mourinho has recently said there have been no talks of extending Bale's loan deal at the club.
"There was not even a second of discussion about that." he said. "Gareth is a player on loan until the end of the season. We are speaking about Gareth himself, Tottenham, Real Madrid.
"But, I promise you, not one second of discussion."
Jose Mourinho on Gareth Bale:
"Gareth is a player that I always loved.
"As a person he's a really, really nice guy, a dressing room guy. The reasons he didn't reach in this period the level that Tottenham supporters remember him is a complex answer"#THFC #COYS pic.twitter.com/F19E8ikOk5
- The Spurs Express (@TheSpursExpress) January 15, 2021
Mourinho continued, saying: "He arrived injured and was injured I believe for the first month. The Europa League matches were helping him to get his condition
"Europa League group phase is a different level than the Premier League - the [Europa League] knockout is a different story, but the group phase is a different intensity.
"The Premier League he didn't play many minutes, [then] another small injury at Stoke [in the Carabao Cup] where he was having a good first half.
"[It's] not an easy process. Everybody knew that in the past couple of seasons in Madrid, they were not easy for him, so let's go step by step and try to get the best out of him."
Featured Image Credit: PA/Spurs - YouTube
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