Gareth Bale, who returned to Tottenham on a season long loan deal from Real Madrid has struggled to make an impact for Jose Mourinho’s side. The Welshman arrived at Spurs with an injury, and has seen his progress hampered by further injuries.
Bale has managed to clock just 45 minutes in the Premier League since November. However, the Wales international has been used more regularly in Europa League and Cup competitions by Mourinho.
Reports emerged on Friday suggested Spurs will not extend Bale’s loan deal beyond this season. However, Jose Mourinho confirmed there have been no discussions yet on that matter. The Spurs manager added “There was not even a second of discussion about that.”
“Gareth is a player on loan until the end of the season. We are speaking about Gareth himself, Tottenham, Real Madrid.”
“But, I promise you, not one second of discussion.”
“He arrived injured and was injured I believe for the first month. The Europa League matches were helping him to get his condition.”
“Europa League group phase is a different level than the Premier League – the knockout is a different story, but the group phase is a different intensity.”
“The Premier League he didn’t play many minutes, [then] another small injury at Stoke where he was having a good first half.”
“Not an easy process. Everybody knew that in the past couple of seasons in Madrid, they were not easy for him, so let’s go step by step and try to get the best out of him.”