Gareth Bale’s disastrous Tottenham homecoming hits new low as Wales star is LEFT OUT of squad for FA Cup trip to Everton… with Jose Mourinho revealing winger ‘was not happy’ in training but insists it’s not an ‘obvious injury’
- Jose Mourinho found no place for Gareth Bale in his squad on Wednesday night
- Facing Everton in the FA Cup, Bale will have wanted to get a chance at minutes
- Mourinho put Dele Alli on the bench but opted to leave Bale out completely
- The Tottenham boss said the Welshman ‘was not happy’ in training this week
He was not afforded the chance to show his talents on Wednesday night as Mourinho elected to leave him out, instead extending the olive branch to Dele Alli, who has also routinely found himself out of favour.
Gareth Bale was not even handed a place on the bench for Tottenham’s latest FA Cup tie
Jose Mourinho elected to overlook the Welshman for Wednesday’s fifth round trip to Everton
‘Gareth is not on the bench because he wasn’t happy with his training session yesterday,’ Mourinho said when asked for clarification on Bale’s omission. ‘I wouldn’t say an injury, not at all, but some feelings he wasn’t happy with, so it was better for him to stay back and to be working with the sports science guys.’
Mourinho was previously particularly tetchy when asked by a pitchside reporter about his decision to leave Bale on the bench after the defeat to Chelsea.
Journalist Alison Bender asked Mourinho: ‘Can I just ask one tiny question – obviously you were just one-nil down… Gareth Bale, a lot of people were saying bring him on… can I ask why you didn’t bring him on?’
Mourinho tersely replied: ‘Good question but I don’t think you deserve an answer.’
Upon agreeing his return to north London in the summer, Spurs agreed to pay in the region of £250,000 per week of his mammoth £600,000-per-week salary.
There is a general disappointment at how Bale’s return to the club on loan has progressed
And there is acknowledgement that Bale’s high-profile return has not provided value for money.
Mourinho and his staff are said to still be hopeful Bale’s form can improve for him to play a key role in the club’s run in – but the trust does not seem to have extended to even a place on the bench at Goodison Park on Wednesday.
Tottenham are competing in all four competitions still and while Mourinho needs all of his squad, Sportsmail has been told patience looks to be wearing thin.
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