Tottenham Hotspur boss Jose Mourinho has said he’s “worried” an Arsenal coach is working with Gareth Bale while the winger is on international duty with Wales, speaking to ESPN.
Experienced coach Albert Stuivenberg splits his time between working with Wales and Arsenal. And Mourinho said the situation made him feel uneasy.
He has also urged Wales not to let Bale “get to fatigue levels”.
“The fact that one of the coaches is an Arsenal coach does not make me very comfortable.
“National team matches should have coaches that work exclusively for them, not coaches who work for other clubs,” Mourinho said following Spurs’ 3-1 win over Ludogorets.
Bale was called up to the national side earlier this week. Wales are set to play the USA, Republic of Ireland and Finland during the upcoming international break.
Bale finding his feet
Having returned from a knee injury last month, Bale has yet to start a league match this season. However, he has started each of Spurs’ three Europa League group stage matches.
The Welsh winger showed signs of returning to his best form on Thursday night. This followed him scoring the winner last Sunday against Brighton and Hove Albion.
Mourinho said he was encouraged by the 31-year-old’s progress. He has now urged Wales to be cautious with their star player to prevent Bale suffering another injury setback.
“Wales have two matches where they play for the Nations League and I expect him to play.
“But, if they care as much about him as we do, they have to manage the recovery period. They have to manage the minutes he plays and they shouldn’t let him get to fatigue levels,” he said.
Spurs gathering momentum
Tottenham have enjoyed a positive week, picking up back-to-back victories to strengthen their positions domestically and in Europe.
Mourinho’s men travel to West Brom on Sunday hoping to head into the international break on a high. Perhaps topping the table, however briefly. Gareth Bale may have to wait for that elusive Premier League start, however.
Mourinho indicated earlier this week the former Real Madrid star is still trying to find his best condition and is more likely to be used from the bench – for now.
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