Gareth Bale

Gareth Bale agent lifts lid on Welshman's struggles under Jose Mourinho

Max Cooper
Bale's agent has discussed the winger's time at Spurs
Bale's agent has discussed the winger's time at Spurs / Julian Finney/GettyImages

Gareth Bale's agent Jonathan Barnett has opened up on the winger's second spell at Tottenham Hotspur, stating that his underwhelming performances were due to the fact that he and Jose Mourinho 'didn't see football the same way.'

The 32-year-old rejoined Spurs on a season-long loan from Real Madrid, but he never hit the heights expected of him, having flourished into one of the best players in the world during his first period at the club.

Gareth Bale, Jose Mourinho
Bale and Mourinho had different ideas on how the game should be played / Srdjan Stevanovic/GettyImages

And Barnett has put this failed return down to a clash of opinions over styles, telling The Mirror that Bale and Mourinho 'didn't see football the same way,' and hinting that the Portuguese boss' direct approach did not suit the Welshman.

"At Spurs, there wasn't a fallout," Barnett said.

"I just think they didn't see football the same way – I'm being very diplomatic here. Let's just say it wasn't the best return to a club in history."

Bale did score 11 goals over the 2020/21 campaign, but those strikes came in only six separate matches, and he struggled to make his mark against the big teams. Mourinho commented on the Welshman's ineffectiveness in key games, saying he produced 'not many' decent performances.

"When we look to Gareth and how many great performances he had [last season], how many goals he scored against the best teams, there were not many or none," Mourinho said.

Bale found himself back in contention at Madrid this season under Carlo Ancelotti, but a hamstring tear has cost him his place in the side.

"He went back to Real Madrid and he was in the first team ­immediately," Barnett explained. "Unfortunately he tore his hamstring so it’s a long way back.

"It’s a shame with Carlo Ancelotti back as manager he got the injury this season."