Gareth Bale’s agent says Jose Mourinho’s ‘biggest mistake’ did not give his husband the freedom to express himself as Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo … and he compares the ex-Tottenham boss to Julius Caesar!
- Gareth Bale returned to Tottenham in September under much fanfare
- But his return to North London this season has been largely disappointing
- The Welsh star was not often played by Jose Mourinho before the manager was fired
- Bale’s agent Jonathan Barnett says Mourinho should have given Bale freedom
- Barnett made a comparison between Mourinho and the Roman general Julius Caesar
Gareth Bale’s agent has revealed he has told Jose Mourinho how to get the best out of the Welsh star, but refuses to blame the former Tottenham manager for his client’s disappointing form.
Jonathan Barnett also drew a comparison to the Roman General Julius Caesar when describing Mourinho’s time in charge of the North London club, and seemed to suggest that the Portuguese boss’s methods are outdated and unsuitable for modern management. .
Bale returned to Spurs on loan from Real Madrid amid much fanfare in September, but has struggled to revive the magic of his first spell at the club between 2007 and 2013.
Gareth Bale returned to Tottenham on loan from Real Madrid at the start of the season, but manager Jose Mourinho (right) did not fully trust the Welsh star.
As a result, a frustrated Bale rarely started Premier League games under Mourinho
The 31-year-old winger scored 14 goals and contributed three assists in 31 games across all competitions, but Premier League starts have been meager.
However, Bale has shown glimpses of his brilliance, such as his hat-trick against Sheffield United last week.
Barnett admitted that Bale had been through ‘a rough time under Mourinho’ before the Portuguese manager was fired last month.
As I said to Spurs at the beginning, “If you give him a run, trust him, let him play his own game, don’t tell him to do this and that, treat him like a [Lionel] Messi or one [Cristiano] Ronaldo – I’m not saying he’s that good – and you’ll see, “” he told SNTV.
Bale’s agent Jonathan Barnett thinks Mourinho should have given Bale more license to play
Bale has performed well since Mourinho was sacked, scoring three against Sheffield United
It has been proven that every time he is left like this, he is gone and has scored a lot of goals. He is world class.
“So that was the biggest mistake – I’m not going to blame anyone.”
Asked if he blamed Mourinho for Bale’s inconsistent form, Barnett replied, ‘Well, I wouldn’t.
“He’s a very successful coach … but Julius Caesar was also very good, but I don’t think he would be very good with the armies now.”
Perhaps fittingly, Mourinho has now taken the Roma manager’s job, starting at the end of the season.
Bale’s future remains uncertain amid reports that he could spend a second season on loan at Tottenham, with Real again making a major contribution to his £ 600,000 a week wages.
Barnett says Bale’s future remains in the air with another year on his Real contract
Barnett says it is highly unlikely that Bale has any future at Real, where he only has one year left on his contract.
He said: ‘He’s still one of the best players in the world, but he’s only got four games left, so we’ll have to see.
‘It is a discussion with three parties; it’s us, Real Madrid and Tottenham. We have our opinion and will let them know at the right time. ‘
Asked if there was a chance of a return to Bernabeu, Barnett added: ‘I very much doubt that, but if they want to put him on the bench, that’s fine.
‘They want to put me in the bank with that salary? That’s fine for me too. ‘