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Jose Mourinho Takes Fresh Swipe at Gareth Bale When Asked About the Welshman's Future

Jose Mourinho took another dig at Gareth Bale
Jose Mourinho took another dig at Gareth Bale / Srdjan Stevanovic/Getty Images

Jose Mourinho took yet another dig at Gareth Bale following their season together at Tottenham, suggesting that his performances in big games "weren't good enough".

Mourinho brought Bale back to north London last summer on a loan deal from Real Madrid, but did not inspire much confidence from the Portuguese, despite scoring 16 goals in a rollercoaster campaign.

The Welshman had only been handed six Premier League starts prior to Mourinho's sacking in April, but went on a scoring spree following his departure. However, the soon-to-be Roma boss insisted that Bale lacks "big game performances", and said that is a concern ahead of Wales’ Euro 2020 campaign.

Mourinho said: “Over the years Wales have relied a lot on Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey, the two most talented players in the country. But when I look to the club season and how many matches Ramsey played at Juventus, there were lots of injuries.

“When we look to Gareth and how many great performances he had, how many goals he scored against the best teams, there were not many or none. It's not an easy situation for a country without many options. But they are always well organised and know how to create a situation to try to get the best out of the more talented players.”

Mourinho also added that wantaway Spurs striker, Harry Kane, might benefit from being handed the captain armband from Hugo Lloris, as there is "uncertainty" about their roles. He explained: "He [Kane] is a leader – a silent leader, but a leader.

"In the club it is not an easy situation for a leader who does not have the armband. It creates a little bit of uncertainty about the roles. In the national team he has that armband that gives him, let’s say, the institutional power to be a leader of the group."