Jose Mourinho has been forced to address Gareth Bale’s recent contradictory social media post, as the Welshman’s underwhelming return to Tottenham continues.
The four-time Champions League winner was brought in on a season-long loan deal in the summer following a turbulent few years at Real Madrid, yet despite the initial hype of his homecoming, things haven’t gone particularly smoothly.
The 31-year-old has become a bit-part player at Spurs in his second spell, with the majority of his minutes coming in cup competitions, while he’s made just two Premier League starts thus far.
That difficult return to life in England hasn’t been helped by question marks over the player’s desire, with the forward absent from Spurs’ FA Cup defeat to Everton on Wednesday due to a minor injury.
After the game, Mourinho admitted that the Welshman’s injury came as a ‘surprise’, with the former Manchester United boss stating there was no ‘obvious, clear injury’.
The player had posted on Instagram the day before the game with the caption ‘good session today’, making it all the more confusing for both fans and seemingly his manager when he was not fit to be involved at Goodison Park.
When quizzed on Bale’s post, Mourinho said that it contradicted reality and was ‘totally wrong’.
“I have to admit that his post created something that needed to be addressed because there was a contradiction between the post and the reality,” Mourinho said at his Friday press conference. “Since the beginning of the season, in relation to everything, I tried to be very, very private and tried to keep everything indoors but I’ve felt that I needed to address the situation.
“Probably the post was not even his responsibility, I don’t know … but the post was: ‘Training session great,’ so I’m ready and it was totally wrong. When I was questioned, I had to say the reality of the things which I [will now] repeat for the last time and I hope there are no more questions about it because the situation was exactly the way I told [it].
“He was not feeling good, he asked for a scan, he had the scan, the scan did not show an injury but his feelings were still there and coaches and sports science and medical people … we can never go against those feelings because a player’s feelings are much more important than all of us so he was not ready for the game. It’s as simple as that. If he’s ready for tomorrow, he’s selected for tomorrow.”