Gareth Bale’s agent Jonathan Barnett has taken a swipe at former Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho over his handling of client. Barnett feels that Bale has overcome a “tough ride” at Spurs, in an unsubtle dig at the Portuguese coach.
Bale is on a season-long loan at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium from Real Madrid, but struggled for game time before Mourinho was sacked nearly three weeks ago.
The 31-year-old played in just 14 of Mourinho’s 32 Premier League games in charge this season.
He has since started both of interim boss Ryan Mason’s top-flight matches. Bale scored the equaliser against former club Southampton before netting a hat-trick in Monday’s 4-0 thrashing of Sheffield United.
Those goals took his tally to 14 in all competitions this term.
“He has been given that opportunity and you can see how he plays. I think with Gareth, like a lot of players, he has to enjoy his life and then you do well.”
Everton are also rumoured to be interested in signing Bale this summer.
Toffees boss Carlo Ancelotti signed the forward for Real Madrid in 2013 and they won the Champions League together a year later.
But, according to Barnett, whoever signs Bale this summer will need a lot of money to do so.
“Given the opportunity, given the right way to play him you may have found that he was always at his best,” Barnett added.
“He just didn’t have the opportunity to prove it or the way to prove it.
“They would have to have a lot of money and they would have to be one that he has an interest in playing for. That rules out a lot of clubs.”