Gareth Bale told to stick up for himself in face of Jose Mourinho treatment

Gareth Bale needs to protect himself and challenge Jose Mourinho over his lack of game time at Tottenham, according to Graeme Souness.

Spurs brought the Real Madrid star home at great expense in the summer transfer window, amid huge fanfare, but Bale has been a peripheral figure under Mourinho.

Bale has made only six starts for Spurs this campaign, including against Brighton on Sunday night, in the absence of Harry Kane.

And Souness has questioned the Wales international’s desire to play, saying Bale should be banging Mourinho’s door down to feature every week.

“I am looking at him, a world-class player, he comes back to the club he professes to love and it’s as if he has been happy to sit on the bench,” said Souness on Sky Sports.

Gareth Bale has started only six games for Tottenham under Jose Mourinho
Gareth Bale has started only six games for Tottenham under Jose Mourinho

“Now, if he is not happy with that, and that is what he was accused of at Real Madrid, if he is not happy, then be vocal about it, let the Spurs supporters know you are not happy and not getting enough minutes.

“This is a guy who was a genuine – and we don’t know if he still is because we haven’t seen enough of him – world-class footballer. At 31, this should be his peak years.

“I played my best football at 31. This should be his best years, coming back where he is much-loved. During games, subs are being made and the camera goes on him. He is not perturbed at not being one of the players going on.”

Souness added: “His advisors now have to think of Gareth Bale.

Graeme Souness has questioned the Wales international's desire to play
Graeme Souness has questioned the Wales international’s desire to play

“Not if he upsets some precious personality in the dressing room. I’m not bothered about upsetting them, and I’m certainly not bothered about upsetting the manager, because the manage is the one that’s not picking me.

“I need the people to know – Gareth Bale wanted to play for Spurs, and he’s not being allowed to. He’s fit and ready to play. But he’s on the bench.

“He’s fit enough to be on the bench, so he’s fit enough to give and hour or half an hour. He has to protect himself now, because we are having this conversation.

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