SHF vs TOT, Premier League
Sunday, January 17, 2021 07:30 PM
LONDON, Jan 15 (Reuters) – Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho said he has not had “one second” of dialogue about the likelihood of Gareth Bale extending his loan spell beyond the top of the season.
Welshman Bale’s return to Tottenham on loan from Real Madrid was greeted with great excitement but his impact has been minimal and he has spent most of his time on the bench.
Asked about Bale’s future on Friday, before his side’s Premier League clash with Sheffield United on Sunday, Mourinho offered up no hints regarding Bale’s situation.
“There wasn’t even a second of dialogue that ,” Mourinho told reporters. “Gareth may be a player on loan until the top of the season. Not one second of dialogue .
“We are speaking about, of course, Gareth, himself, Real Madrid, Tottenham, but I promise you, not one second of dialogue .”
Bale has started just one Premier League game this season and was an unused substitute within the 1-1 draw with Fulham in the week . He has started six of the club’s Europa League ties though.
Mourinho said it had been “step by step” in trying to urge the simplest out of the 31-year-old and was coy on whether or not Bale would be involved against Sheffield United.
“I do not know . I didn’t make a choice yet, let’s wait,” Mourinho said.
Sixth-placed Tottenham are desperately in need of three points on Sunday to re-ignite their top-four challenge after learning just one win in their last six league games.
Sheffield United are bottom of the table but picked up their first win of the season against Newcastle United in midweek and Mourinho has warned his players against reading anything into their league position.
“If in our mind we’re getting to play the worst team within the Premier League we’re getting to be in big trouble,” he said. (Reporting by Martyn Herman Editing by Toby Davis)
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