Gareth Bale’s agent Jonathan Barnett has aimed a subtle dig at Jose Mourinho after calling him “Julius Caesar” as he appeared to mock his ageing style.
Tottenham bought the Welshman back on a season-long loan in the summer but the switch has not gone as planned.
Bale has struggled for regular minutes in north London and spent large amounts of time on the bench.
Tottenham’s form nosedived after the Christmas period and Mourinho has since paid the price with his job.
Barnett was asked whether he blamed the Special One for Bale’s struggles and although he stopped short of doing so, he did suggest that his style is out of touch.
“Well, I wouldn’t do that,” he told SNTV.
“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.”
Bale has scored nine times for Tottenham this term and bagged a hat-trick in the recent win over Sheffield United.
Ryan Mason is now at the helm and the forward praised him for letting the side play “the Tottenham way”.
Barnett is adamant that his client his top drawer but doesn’t believe he was given the time and trust that would’ve helped him play his best.
He added: “As I said to Spurs at the beginning: ‘If you give him a run, put your trust in him, let him play his own game, not tell him he’s got to do this and that, treat him like a [Lionel] Messi or a [Cristiano] Ronaldo – I’m not saying he’s as good – and you’ll see.'”
“It’s been proven that every time he’s been left like that, he’s gone and scored a lot of goals. He’s world class.
“So that was the biggest mistake – I’m not going to blame anybody.”