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The Tottenham manager insists the forward had ruled himself out for the weekdays trip to Everton, despite what was suggested on social media.
José Mourinho has criticized Gareth Bale after saying that an Instagram post by the forward is “totally wrong” and that there was a “contradiction between the post and reality.”
Bullet posted a picture of himself in training on Tuesday with the legend “good session today”, which seems to suggest that he was fit and available for selection.
However, after leaving the Welsh international out of the team for Wednesday’s trip to Everton, Mourinho said Bale had asked not to get involved and requested an injury scan with the Spurs manager doubling down on those claims when speaking to reporters on Friday.
What did Mourinho de Bale say?
When asked about Bale’s possible availability for the weekend trip to Manchester City and for further clarification on the reasons for his absence from Goodison Park, Mourinho said: “We have a training session on [Friday] late to see if you feel ready or not.
“I hope that the press conference is about the game and not about individuals, but I must admit that its publication created the need to be attended because there was a contradiction between the publication and reality.
“Since the beginning of the season, in relation to everything I try to be very private and have everything on the doorstep, but I felt like I needed to address the situation.
“The position was probably not even his responsibility, I don’t know, but the position was showing that the training session was great, so ‘I’m ready’ and he was totally wrong.
So when they questioned me I had to tell the reality of the things that I repeat for the last time and I hope there are no more questions about it because the situation was exactly as I told you: you did not feel well, you asked. for a scan, he had the scan, the scan showed no injury, but his feelings were still there.
“Coaches, sports scientists and doctors can never go against the feelings because the feelings of the players are more important than all of us, so it was not ready for the game and it was as simple as that. ready for tomorrow, they select it for tomorrow. “
How many games has Bale played this season?
Hopes were high among Tottenham fans when Bale made an emotional return to North London from Real Madrid in September, but things haven’t quite gone as planned so far.
The 31-year-old has fought for regular action, his cause not being helped by a series of nagging injuries.
He has made just 15 appearances in all competitions, scoring four goals and has not appeared since the 1-0 loss at Brighton on January 31.
Kane fit for Man City trip
There was good news for Tottenham as Mourinho reported that Harry Kane showed no ill effects after his appearance as a substitute against Everton on Wednesday.
The England captain was introduced after 53 minutes in what was only his second game after an ankle injury, but ended up playing for over an hour as the FA Cup tie went into extra time.
“Of course he played 60 minutes or so, which he did not want and I did not want, since it was a game that pushed us in that direction, but without negative feelings after the game,” Mourinho said about Kane. “Just normal stiffness. I think it can start.”